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Michigan Legislature wraps up session with a flurry of bills


LANSING (WKZO)  -- State Lawmakers met until 4:30 this morning, trying to finish up on legislation that either had to pass before the end of this session or die.

Democratic State House Representative Sean McCann says the Republican Majority waited for Lame Duck for many of these bills, like regulations on abortion clinics, Right to Work and eliminating the Personal Property Tax because if they had pressed these bills before the election, more of them would not have gotten reelected.

If they waited until after lame duck, they may not have had the votes to pass them.

Both Chambers of the state legislature have approved an EM replacement law sending it to the Govenor. Democrats called it the “dictator law”, criticizing it as anti-democratic and said that the GOP had some nerve passing it when voters rejected the last version just over a month ago.

Republicans say the new version gives local elected officials more opportunity to interact and to be trained to resume control of the city or school district once the EM has squared the budget.The Governor is expected to sign it.

The Michigan House and Senate also approved Kelsey’s law, which bans the use of cellphones by teens still driving under graduated drivers licenses. That’s a ban on any use at all, texting or talking until they have earned their unconditional drivers license.

Its named for a teenaged girl in Sault Ste. Marie who died when her car was crushed by a truck as she texted .Its also heading for the Governor’s desk in the flood of last minute legislation.