Marathon lame duck legislative session rolls through the night

Michigan

The lame duck session is technically over, but state lawmakers didn’t stop working at midnight.

They stayed and are currently still trying to vote on dozens of bills in a last minute effort to send certain pieces of legislation to Governor Snyder’s desk.

Here are a few we’ve been following for you:

The House just passed legislation that drew national attention.

It would give state legislators the power to intervene in Michigan’s legal proceedings.

That power is currently held only by Michigan’s attorney general.

The measure was criticized as being a power grab by the Republican-led legislature.

It now moves to Governor Snyder’s desk where it will await his signature.

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Another controversial bill is now headed to Governor Snyder’s desk.

It would remove permitting requirement for more than half a million acres of wetlands and 4200 of Michigan’s inland lakes.

It passed in the House early this morning by a 61-to-46 vote.

Lawmakers did revise the bill, adding more wetlands that weren’t covered under a previous bill.

Supporters say over-zealous regulators use the existing law to bully businesses that want to develop or fill-in Michigan wetland.

But critics argue, wetlands are a vital resource for our state because they provide habitats, remove pollutants and store flood waters.

The Senate could soon vote on a bill that would make it harder for Michiganders to organize ballot petitions.

It would put geographic limits in place for things like referendums and constitutional amendments.

Non-profit groups across the political spectrum from “Right To Life” to tje “American Civil Liberties Union” are condemning the bill as unconstitutional.

Some business groups are supporting it, saying the restriction is necessary.

If it passes it would then go to Governor Snyder’s desk.

In the House, lawmakers could vote on a bill that would prevent zoning ordinances from removing signage that is in place to honor service men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

This legislation was introduced after local government told a Grand Rapids-area restaurant owner to take his sign down because if was in violation of a zoning ordinance.

If passed, it would exempt signs of that nature from having to follow zoning ordinances.
 

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