Lawmakers skirt due diligence

The state Legislature was in session for more than 100 days in 2012. So why was it that the Legislature waited until 4:30 a.m. — following a 20-hour marathon session — to push a flurry of bills through to Gov. Rick Snyder?
Dec 26, 2012

 

These weren't simple cut-and-dry issues that were voted on, either. The much-debated and much-maligned Right to Work bill was passed, while a controversial bill called the Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act — which would have allowed health care providers and employers to refuse to provide certain medical procedures — was voted down.

Other hastily passed laws relate to taxes, abortion, elections, emergency managers, gun regulations and marijuana laws.

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Gov. Snyder has already vetoed the gun law that would have made it OK for those with concealed carry permits to take their guns into churches and schools.

There's a reason our state's government has an entire year in which to propose, research and debate, then either pass or shoot down bills. These are issues that greatly affect the citizens of our state.

Forcing these bills through at the last minute clearly indicates that these issues weren't given their due diligence. Instead, a lame-duck Legislature made it their last act to bully a bunch of bills through without giving them their due diligence.

Gov. Snyder doesn’t seem to have an issue with the flurry of action. He went on record as saying, "I appreciate the hard work and partnership of House and Senate members this year. Many significant reforms were enacted that will provide for a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for all residents, and will be instrumental in continuing Michigan's comeback and creating more and better jobs."

While we agree that some of the action taken may have long-lasting positive results, we’d like to see the Legislature work more diligently to take care of business in a more timely matter. Waiting till the last minute is a bad idea.

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Comments

wmrelief

I'm very pleased to see some attention being given to these "late night deals" (Only in MI Leg. late night deals: mean 4:30am!)

I would like to point out the fact that some of the MMJ bills that were passed at 4:30am were voted on "the evening prior" and FAILED! Yet they were brought back before the floor for a "recount" in which democrats mostly from Detroit wanting their Lighting authority&other bills to pass gave in to the republicans and gave them the 3/4ths majority they needed to amend the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA)
That is just one of the many topics that was mentioned that legislators "screwed you the voter" for their own special interests.

Walking Alive

The GOP is afraid of their actions, so they passed everything without debate, in the middle of the night. Hopefully the lesson learned is to throw all these scumbags out this next coming election. Every one of the Republicans should be tarred and feathered in their own communities. They are despicable at the least, they have overturned the people's will, they are snakes. They are ruining our state. This has got to change. VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT! NEVER FORGET!

zwesterhouse

Those elected officials are BAITER's. The voters in the last election were BAITER's. An acronym for Backstabbers, Abusers, Imposters, Takers, Exploiters, Reckless. Some of them are past apprenticeship level and have arrived at MasterBAITER'S Those are your elected politicians.

 

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