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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