The 99th Michigan Legislature became history on December 21, 2018. But not before a marathon lame duck session that will go down as one of the state’s most prolific. All told, lawmakers met over 13 days and voted on more than 300 bills, adjourning about 8 a.m. Friday, December 21st after deliberating for more than 21 hours straight. The session, which began in early December, came as Republicans’ grip on power weakens after eight years in total control of all branches of government.
Lame duck was notable not only for its whirlwind pace, but for some of the environmental legislation on the table. Some of the most controversial measures – including efforts to make it harder to launch citizen petitions and remove protections from wetlands – were passed and sent to Snyder in the wee hours of Friday morning. Attend this session to see just where everything landed and learn about the path forward.