Lame duck

State lawmakers return to the Michigan Capitol Tuesday to begin the post-election “lame duck” session” with COVID-19 as the focus of their attention.

Michigan Capitol
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The future of a ballot-signature law passed last year is unclear.  On Wednesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said that parts of the law that adds requirements to the ballot signature process are unconstitutional. Now Republican lawmakers - and others - are working on their next steps.


Attorney General Dana Nessel
WKAR-MSU

Michigan's attorney general said Wednesday that a Republican-enacted law making it harder to put proposals on the statewide ballot is unconstitutional, declaring that lawmakers had no authority to impose a geographic limit a circulating petitions.

Cash
WKAR File Photo

Money spent on lobbying in Michigan reached an all time high last year. That’s according to data collected by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.


State Lawmakers and Governor Gretchen Whitmer are now forced to work together on Michigan's coronavirus repsonse after a state Supreme Court ruling upended the Governor's emergency powers.
WKAR-MSU

Seeking to avoid a lengthy legal fight, Republican lawmakers on Wednesday asked the Michigan Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of their unprecedented strategy to preemptively approve citizen-initiated minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements and then water down the laws after the election.

Current State for Jan. 26-27, 2019

Jan 25, 2019

A chat with the new Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice; A look back at lame duck sessions; Why pregnancies are problematic for many black women; Michigan leading the way in new DNA software; East Lansing mayor Mark Meadows and new music from MSU graduate & 'The Voice' finalist Joshua Davis.


Current State for Jan. 12-13, 2019

Jan 11, 2019

This week on Current State: MSU Trustees changes; Simon effect on MSU; Flint Registry Goes Online; Comparing the lame duck to years past; Romanian Symphony at Wharton; Previewing PBS Kids Day; Brad Salem Gets New Role at MSU and Michiganders react to R. Kelly Docuseries. 


Protestors gather outside of the Capitol during December's lame duck legislative session.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Lawmakers arrived in Lansing this week for Michigan’s 100th legislative session following a turbulent lame duck session.

Protestors crowded the steps and rotunda of the Statehouse for several days of the lame duck session and national media attention.  It was the busiest in Michigan’s history with lawmakers passing nearly four hundred bills in a three week period.

ring-necked pheasant
michigan.gov

Michigan lawmakers have agreed to spend $180,000 to buy pheasants to promote hunting.

Income and sales tax revenues plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the state faces a two-fold problem—how to avoid cuts before this fiscal year ends, and what to do about the projected shortfalls next year.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The state Legislature will return on January 9th with new leadership. Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth tells us about the priorities of Republican leaders in the House and Senate.


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