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In Review: Lame Duck 2018
Following the most active Lame Duck session in Michigan’s history, nearly 400 bills were passed in the legislature and presented to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature and final approval. Of those, more than 150 bills became law while 41 were vetoed.
Several measures presented to Governor Snyder received significant state and national attention including: campaign finance reform, the legislature’s ability to litigate, a $1.3 billion supplemental spending plan, and changes to citizen-initiated ballot proposal requirements, amongst others. While the full scope of consequence for the passed bills remains to be seen, local analysts have offered initial reflections.
Looking Ahead: Republicans and Democrats Announce 2019 Legislative Priorities
After eight years of total Republican control in Lansing, legislators prepare for the new term to begin on January 9.
As newly inaugurated Democratic officials take control of the governorship, the Secretary of State, Attorney General offices, and reduce Republican majorities in the House and Senate, citizen’s will have a front seat view to a significant shift in the balance of power.
With Republican and Democrat leadership each having announced their anticipated legislative priorities for 2019, both parties have echoed the urgent need to address Michigan’s dilapidated roads as its first major bipartisan challenge.
MSAE will continue to monitor and provide substantive updates to the above. For additional information, contact Taylor Benavente regarding MSAE advocacy.
With one week remaining in the Lame Duck session, the legislature continued to take up action on a number of bills including Michigan school grading systems, the right of the legislature to litigate, citizen-initiated bills, and more. The U.S. House and Senate also passed significant revisions to nonprofit fringe benefits and donor disclosure rules.
On November 29, the Michigan Senate took action on three bills which seek to restructure campaign finance laws, state oversight of public elections, and the ability of the Michigan legislature to intervene in court proceedings.
The legislature also approved amendments to citizen-initiated bills which seek to change earned sick-leave and raising the state minimum wage.
Justin Winslow has been named president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant Association. Justin has served as the association's vice president of government relations since 2011. He was also named as one of MSAE's Rising Leaders Top 15 in '15 Recognition Program! Lansing-based Maner Costerisan has been named a Top 300 accounting firm in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting, a publication of The Platt Group.
Rachelle Grockau is pleased to announce that she is the new sales manager at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City. She comes from the West Bay Beach, A Holiday Inn Resort in Traverse City.