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2018

December

At this writing we are in the midst of Lame Duck session, a time when high priority and some surprise new bills emerge because the 99th Legislature ends December 31...

November

With the mid-term election over, Michigan’s officeholders can get down to the business of governing...

October

On November 6 we will be selecting a new Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and voting in contested races for the...

September

As predicted, the scheduled August 15 legislative session was an administrative formality without attendance taken or any voting as most were busy on the campaign trail. However the scheduled September 5 and 6 sessions were very active...

August

Neither the Michigan House nor Senate met on July 25 as previously scheduled. The House chambers were under construction on that day and the Senate announced it would not take role or any votes...

July

Although the legislative schedule called for the legislative summer recess to begin June 21, the legislature decided to go home June 12 after it took final action on the two budget bills...

June

The House and Senate began their summer break June 12, earlier than planned. They will meet one day in July, one day in August and return...

May

Both chambers have now passed budgets, but both chambers make major changes to what Republican Gov. Rick Snyder recommended in February...

April

The Michigan Legislature was on spring break beginning March 23 through April 9, but there was still plenty of political news to report since...

March

After the Governor’s proposed budget was released in early February, the House and Senate appropriations committees began their hearings...

February

The two biggest stories around the capitol in January and early February were tax cuts, the FY 17-18 budget, and the MSU sexual assault scandal...

January

The Michigan House and Senate adjourned December 13 with the announced intention to return for 2018 on January 10...

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December

Last month’s “Capitol News” featured the No-Fault Auto Insurance bill House Bill (HB) 5013 going down to defeat despite the backing of...

November

Auto no-fault insurance reform grabbed most of the attention in Lansing’s Capitol this month with a few exceptions...

October

The fall legislative session is well underway. This is the time for major legislation to be considered before 2018...

September

The Legislature was scheduled to meet on August 16, but both chambers announced they would not take roll or conduct any voting on that day...

August

The Legislature met only one day in July and plans to meet only one day in August. But there is still plenty of public policy and political news...

July

The stand-off between the Governor and the House and Senate Republicans over the budget was resolved just in time for legislators to get away for...

June

The Michigan Legislature is scheduled to depart Lansing between June 15 and June 22, depending on finalizing the budget...

May

A sharply divided Michigan House pushed through Fiscal Year 2018 spending plans in a late session on May 2 by a 60-47 margin...

April

Before they broke for spring break on March 31, a majority of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees had reported out their budgets to...

March

February saw the introduction of the Governor’s budget proposal and a major effort to roll back the income tax...

February

The Legislature returned January 11 for House swearing-in ceremonies and leadership elections...

January

Because both Congress and the Presidency are now in the hands of one party, combined with the Republican Party’s platform plan to save Medicare...

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