Michigan House votes to extend legislative power

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) The Republican-led Michigan House has voted to empower the Legislature to intervene in any lawsuit at any stage, a right already granted to the state attorney general.

The bill approved Wednesday is opposed by Democrats who call it another power grab in the lame-duck session before Democrats begin leading top state offices in January. The measure could ensure the GOP's ability to support laws if Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic Attorney General-elect Nessel drop appeals in cases the state loses.

Republicans dispute criticism that the legislation would undermine the role of the attorney general. They say it would simply ensure that the Legislature has a voice as more public policy issues are addressed in the courts.

Democrats question the timing and counter that the legislation is an unconstitutional overreach. The bill next goes to the GOP-led Senate.