Legislative session deals with flood of issues

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

It may take weeks to sort out the avalanche of bills enacted in the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session.

Majority Republicans put their stamp on diverse policies such as property taxes, medical marijuana and even cockfighting.

A bitter clash over making Michigan the 24th state with a "right-to-work" law drew thousands of protesters to the Capitol.

But lawmakers also dealt with many other issues. They rewrote a measure allowing appointment of emergency managers for cities in financial peril, imposed new restrictions on abortion and authorized hunting gray wolves. They voted to phase out a property tax on manufacturing equipment and revised Michigan's medical marijuana law.

They also made it tougher to recall elected officials by shortening the period in which petition signatures can be gathered to force a vote.

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