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Posted on 11.01.2016 Under Legislative

Monthly Legislative Report for MAT

Judy Augenstein, abortion Legislative Consultant

November 2016

The Legislature has only 11 days officially scheduled through the end of 2016 and yet members recently introduced 110 bills, find most which will not even get a hearing. Many are being introduced as a preview of legislation to be re-introduced next year during the 2017-18 session.

Bills on the Democrats’ wish list include stricter gun control measures and tax credits for student loan payments and renovations made to senior citizens’ homes. Democrats would like to repeal the law that allowed communities to set minimum wages higher than state law.  The Republicans’ list includes doing away with waivers of work requirements for low income residents who get cash assistance, click changes to no-fault auto insurance and require background checks for student teachers.
A showdown with Governor Snyder will most likely occur as the Republican led Senate has set up a proposed overhaul of Medicaid financing.  Michigan has been in dispute with the U.S. government over taxes that help pay for Medicaid.  The joint federal-state program that provides health insurance for low income residents. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to continue a 6 % “use” tax on Medicaid managed care organizations, more quickly end a broader health insurance tax that the business lobby dislikes and change the pot of state money that is used to draw federal matching dollars.
Forestry related bills most likely to receive Lame Duck action include legislation to refine the Land Cap Act.  The bill reinstates the cap on state land ownership if all PILT are not received in full and on time.  Legislation to prohibit local government from requiring a special permit for a logger to haul wood out of a state/federal forest is also on the list for consideration.
With so few days left to consider legislation, on top of pressing issues that have been under consideration for months, most of the bills will fade away by the end of the year.  In the two year legislative session, 3,1161 bills have been introduced and only 313 have been signed into law by governor Rick Snyder.  Any bills that have been introduced in this legislation session–2015-16–that are not acted on before legislators adjourn for the year, die at the end of the year and will have to be introduced again next year.
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