State Lawmakers Cancel Sessions Due To Storm

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The expectation of a winter storm will close down the Michigan Legislature.
The state Senate and House have canceled sessions and committee meetings previously scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday because of a snowstorm that's expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some parts of Michigan.
Wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph also are expected Wednesday in some areas with temperatures around 20 degrees.
Both chambers were open for business Tuesday.
Legislative offices will be closed Wednesday but might be open Thursday depending on the weather.


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  • by disgusted Location: lansing on Feb 1, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    Don't worry Guv'nor. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor the dead of the night, shall keep your loyal state workforce from THEIR appointed duties.
  • by Sarah Palin on Feb 1, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    WTF. How many days do these guys & gals get off? How many days have they been in session since Jan. 1? Must be nice to set your own schedule, and send yourself home.
  • by shocker on Feb 1, 2011 at 06:34 PM
    It really shouldn't be a surprise that the legislators are taking paid time off, but the state employees have to make it in. Just like when the state employees got a 3% pay cut, furlough days and banked leave time while the legislators got a pay raise. Let's not forget their health benefits for life after 6 years, and 200,000 dollar and up salaries. I guess some people just matter more than others.
  • by disgusted Location: lansing on Feb 1, 2011 at 06:32 PM
    Don't you love it? Whether they show up or not, THEY STILL GET PAID THE SAME.
  • by chemlady Location: lansing on Feb 1, 2011 at 05:36 PM
    If I really made twice as much as people in the private sector who do what I do (NO ONE IN THIS STATE!) I could afford to take vacation time because of the snow tomorrow but I can't afford to...not to mention the people that will have a hissy fit if I don't go in because evidently it won't be too dangerous for ME to drive. Tell me will our quarter of a million dollar budget director work tomorrow?
  • by bridgiejsc Location: jackson on Feb 1, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    DTMB aslo owns the buildings they work in. Yet the rest of us will report to work in DTMB owned buildings. Are they closed? If so why are they not looking at closing others until the last minute? Yet we are allegedly paid double? c'mon. Thank your plow trucks for being out when the lower half of the state is paralized. Paid double? PFFFFT Whatever!!!!!!
  • by Slippery Location: In a Ditch on Feb 1, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    Once again,the State Employees are put at risk. Let me guess, those who show up also will need to take a 10% decrease to pay for the hotel rooms and bar tabs the legislators run up while on their snow leave. Pathetic.....
  • by ridiculous on Feb 1, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    I was told that if I was unable to make it to work tomorrow, I have to use annual time. With all of the 'reports' about how we make double the wages as our private-sector counterparts, maybe they would rather they lost of few of us as we try to make it to work...
  • by cat Location: lansing on Feb 1, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    It is unsafe for the legislature employees to drive due to hazzardous road conditions, but it is ok for me (a state employee) to drive in dangerous road conditions. I guess my life and family do not count!!!! Unless it is election time.
  • by Bart S Location: East Lansing on Feb 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    They prematurely canceled Thursday so they could take leave on Friday and have a long weekend paid for by the taxpayers. BTW the state workers will still be working, yet our overpaid, vote yourself a raise legislature will be MIA.
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