The Senate is choosing to let those issues ripen a bit more.
Republicans set the agenda in both chambers because they're in the majority. But the pace was notably faster in the House where lawmakers facing re-election voted on several key issues ahead of the August primary when some will face opposition in newly drawn districts.
In just days, the House pushed through legislation that requires a doctor or assistant to screen patients to ensure they aren't being coerced into ending their pregnancies. The bill also requires doctors who perform at least five abortions a month to carry $1 million in liability insurance under certain circumstances.
Since June 7, House lawmakers have approved bills to:
— Lower the state's income tax rate to 3.9 percent by 2018. It likely will drop to 4.25 percent in October.
— End state-provided health care coverage for new teachers when they retire. They instead would get a lump sum to buy insurance. Retired educators would have to pay at least 20 percent of premiums.
— Require tests for welfare recipients suspected of drug use.
Some Democrats joined Republicans in passing the legislation.
"We completed everything we intended to complete before returning to the districts for the summer," said Ari Adler, spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall. "The amount of work we did to the benefit of all Michiganders and to improve the future of this state is tremendous."
But the Senate, which has no members up for re-election this year, was in no hurry. High-profile legislation approved in the House had plenty of appeal among senators, just not in June.
"We're a little more deliberative and there's a lot more debate, as there should be. That's the process," said Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park, who is running for Congress in the Detroit area.
Indeed, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, said senators want more time before taking up the health care-and-retirement bill affecting teachers and other school employees. It does not put new teachers solely into a 401(k)-style plan as many advocates have been calling for as a way to overhaul the retirement fund.
"Some people say we need a study group to look at it for six more months," Richardville said. "To say we need six more weeks to take a look at it isn't unreasonable."
He said there's an "appetite" among GOP senators for drug tests for welfare recipients and the anti-abortion bill, both passed by the House.
"Some people have come to me and said there are unintended consequences there. We want to make sure the 't's' are crossed and the 'i's' are dotted," Richardville said of the abortion issue.
He said senators still cleared important business.
"They made the budget this year a non-event. It used to be the summer event and the fall event," Richardville said. "Now financial institutions and rating organizations are looking at us better. Unemployment rate's going down. Jobs are going up."