By Andrew Roth, Michigan Advance
Just two months into their term, members of the 100th Michigan Legislature have already introduced more than 400 bills, including those that seek to end the legislator-to-lobbyist “revolving door” and ban “sanctuary cities.” Almost 400 bills passed during last year’s Lame Duck action after the 2018 election — which is why it’s no surprise that legislation has been introduced taking aim at end-of-the-year sessions.
Some of the Legislature’s first actions have had a partisan flavor in checking the power of new Democratic executives: overturning Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order restructuring the Department of Environmental Quality; intervening in Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s proposed gerrymandering lawsuit settlement; and urging Attorney General Dana Nessel to drop a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.
But many legislative efforts this session are bipartisan, including big-ticket packages reforming auto insurance and civil asset forfeiture laws.
Here’s a roundup of some other notable bills so far:
Board of Education election alteration
Graduated income tax
Electronic voting for active military
Women on public corporation boards
‘Sanctuary cities’ ban
‘Red flag’ gun laws
Lobbyist ‘revolving door’
Lame Duck session overhaul
Earned Income Tax Credit
Drivers’ license renewal extension
Child marriage ban
Aretha Franklin Highway
Prohibit tanning for minors
High school graduation requirements
African-American history commission
Air quality enforcement fund
Right to Work repeal
Tampon tax ax
1931 abortion law