Lame Duck Session
WHAT IS LAME DUCK? The lame duck session is when the state legislature meets to pass laws after the election but before newly elected people take office at the beginning of 2019. During this time, our lawmakers aren’t accountable to the public but they listen closely to what corporate interests have to say. Over the past several years lame duck has been VERY destructive for the people of Michigan. It’s been used as a sneak attack to pass harmful policies in a condensed timeline with little transparency.
Watch the video to learn more about lame duck.
YOUR ISSUES ARE ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. Are you are outraged about…
- A proposed Line 5 tunnel in the Great Lakes for a foreign oil company?
- Gutting Earned Paid Sick time and the $12 Minimum Wage laws?
- Attacks on reproductive rights?
- Attacks on public education?
- Undermining our incoming governor, attorney general and secretary of state?
- The end-runs around the ballot initiatives we just passed?
- The dozens of other horrid and damaging bills being introduced each day of Lame Duck?
The bottom line is, the entire process is rotten and underhanded, and it’s undermining the will of the people.
WHAT CAN WE DO? The legislature feels like they can do whatever they want because they think our communities aren’t paying attention.
We have to raise our voices in solidarity with each other across the state and make sure our elected officials know that our communities are watching. There are actions you can take, whether you have 2 minutes, 2 hours, or 2 days to fight lame duck.
STAY CONNECTED. This is a fast moving situation, so sign up to stay abreast of how to act in unity to fight these undemocratic attacks on our state, its people and its environment. Be sure you stay in the loop for strategy calls and e-mails throughout Lame Duck.
WHAT’S AT STAKE AND HOW WILL IT AFFECT ME? The process of making a law usually involves weeks and even months of deliberation, committee hearings and opportunities for citizens and other stakeholders to give input.
But during Lame Duck it is a free-for-all, nowhere near resembling the transparent, accountable democratic process we learned about in school. Even media can’t keep up with the fire-hose blast of bad bills to keep us informed. Just since Nov. 27, over 200 bills have been introduced and are being rammed through committee and full House and Senate votes with sometimes ZERO discussion or public input.
This is on purpose. It is a deliberate shock-and-awe tactic to keep us scrambling.
WHAT BILLS ARE BEING PASSED? Here are just some of the damaging bills they are ramming through:
Undercutting the ballot proposals on marijuana legalization, anti-gerrymandering and expanded voters rights that we the people just approved overwhelmingly in the November 2018 election
Stripping key powers from the incoming Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson
Harshly restricting reproductive health care
Removing environmental protections, including ramming through an oil tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac and stripping protections from half a million acres of wetlands
More anti-public education bills
More anti-public workers bills
Scrap our 10 cent cans and bottles deposit law
Gutting the $12 Minimum Wage Law and Earned Paid Sick Time Law
Over 400,000 voters signed petitions to put on the ballot; the legislature passed them to keep them off our ballot and have now cynically gutted them in Lame Duck. As of Dec. 5 the gutting measures had passed the House and Senate and were heading to Gov. Snyder to sign into law.
Undermining local control by counties, townships, cities and villages
The legislature and governor act this way when they don't think our communities are paying attention.
It is critical that we raise our voices in solidarity with each other, from Iron River to Downriver and everywhere between, to make sure our elected officials know that our communities are watching.
Whether you have 2 minutes, 2 hours, or 2 days to fight lame duck, sign up here to take action now.