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 Wednesday. The Democratic-held House returns Thursday.