Michigan Legislature starts lame-duck session

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Michigan Legislature is starting its lame-duck session, giving lawmakers an opportunity to vote on politically unpopular or difficult issues.

Businesses want a tax cut in exchange for cuts to prison spending. Health groups want a statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants.

Other issues on the agenda could include bills to limit when term-limited lawmakers can become lobbyists.

It remains unclear if legislators will pass major initiatives or hold off until next year. All bills introduced during the current two-year session will die unless passed by the end of December.

The Republican-led Senate was in session today. The Democratic-held House returns tomorrow.

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