‘Sanctuary cities,’ lobbyist ‘revolving door’ among 400+ new bills in Michigan Legislature

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

Part-time Legislature

Expand FOIA

Drivers’ license renewal extension

Child marriage ban

Aretha Franklin Highway

Ballot selfies

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


Read details at > https://www.michiganadvance.com/2019/03/02/sanctuary-cities-lobbyist-revolving-door-among-400-new-bills-in-michigan-legislature/

 

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