‘Lameduck’ Session to Begin in Michigan Legislature Today

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"Lameduck" session beginsMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)The Michigan Legislature begins its so-called “Lameduck” session today (Tue), and while one former state lawmaker says it can be a productive time, another says it’s a dangerous time of year.

Former Republican State House Speaker Rick Johnson says some lawmakers may be willing to vote yes on bills in the lameduck that they were unwilling to vote on before the election.  But former democratic Speaker Lew Dodak says with so little time, some strange things may happen. He says it’s a dangerous time of year because a lawmaker could tack something on to an existing bill and if staff hadn’t had time to read the bill or legislators aren’t paying attention the bill could be passed.

Issues the legislature is expected to tackle in the lameduck include regional transportation for southeast Michigan, a Detroit Street Lighting Authority, Blue Cross Blue Shield reform, health care reform and business tax relief.

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