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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.
Advocacy Corner: January thru Mid-February Round-Up
Michigan’s 100th Legislature, executive branch, and the Michigan Supreme Court have each seen significant movement in shaping the state public policy arena through the first several weeks of 2019. A State of the State Address, a much anticipated release of the 2019 state budget, and more are discussed below in MSAE’s advocacy round-up through Friday, February 22nd.
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.
Advocacy Corner: Week of March 1, 2019
Updates to the national Unrelated Business Income Tax, another round of Michigan auto insurance reform, state redistricting, and more in MSAE’s advocacy round-up through Friday, March 1st.
Welcome to March! A repeal was introduced to combat Unrelated Business Income Tax, minimum wage advocates reignite 2018 Lame Duck debate, and Governor Whitmer released her 2019 budget recommendation.