Controversial Issues in Lame Duck

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

The lame duck session in Michigan has taken national spotlight. The legislature pushed through the Right to Work bills and Gov. Snyder signed them into law all within a week.

"This is by far one of the worst lame duck sessions we've seen in a decade...the legislation that we've seen through has just been horrific," said Rep. Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga.

"We're doing this methodically, deliberately. There's no where near the feeling of chaos or out of control I saw during my first lame duck session," said Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake.

They've put a cap on Right to Work for now, but there are dozens if not hundreds of others bills on the agenda, some of which have been fiercely debated throughout the year.

Some of the controversial topics on the agenda include a package of bills to regulate abortions. It would put tougher regulations on abortion clinics, requires doctors to make sure patients aren't forced to end pregnancies and regulates the disposal of fetal remains.

Replacement for an emergency manager law struck down by voters in November is also on the agenda as well as the repeal of the personal property tax, taxes businesses pay on computers and equipment.

"It's hundreds of bills that are moving back and forth during these final days of session. Some of them just needed that last vote...Some of them were newer issues that people want to get done by the end of the year," said Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor

It's crunch time for lawmakers and lobbyist who all want to see their issues finalized in the final session. Afterall, what's not done now gets sent back to square one come 2013.


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