LAME DUCK WATCH: Legislature approves bill to let themselves sue

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The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has voted to empower the Legislature to intervene in lawsuits, a right already granted to the state attorney general.
  
The bill approved Friday in the final hours of a lame-duck session is opposed by Democrats who call it a power grab before Democrat Dana Nessel leads the attorney general’s office. The measure could ensure the Republican-led Legislature’s ability to support laws if Nessel or Democratic-Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer choose to 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 is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder.
  
 

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