Protesters rally at Capitol against lame duck bills

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Around 100 people turned out to rally on the Capitol steps to protest what they call a “power grab” by Republicans in the Michigan legislature.

It’s one of many rallies taking place in the last days of the legislature’s session. Republicans have proposed a series of bills that would limit, remove, or adjust the powers of the next Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State. 

Currently, those three offices are being led by Republicans. But because of the November elections, Democrats will take over on January 1st. 

Lawmakers have also passed bills scaling back sick time and minimum wage rules that passed because of a public petition drive.

Governor Rick Snyder has yet to sign any of those bills. 

“Right now, we face a serious threat, one that needs to be confronted. Corporate lobbyists are using their wealth and influence to pull the strings of Republican elected officials to do their bidding and the communities we care about are getting screwed in the process,” said Sam Inglot, deputy communications director at Progress Michigan, in a press release.

6 News was at the rally and we’ll take you to the scene coming up in tonight’s broadcasts.

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