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Michigan Catholic Conference
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(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Address
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
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MCC Urges Religious Liberty Protections in Letter to Civil Rights Commission

During a recent public comment period in response to a request of the Commission to reinterpret the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, MCC writes: “A reinterpretation of the state’s Civil Rights law — without religious liberty protections — would set Michigan to an extreme end of state civil rights laws, resulting in prejudice and indeed discrimination against people and institutions of faith.” Read more…

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The Word from Lansing Column: Health and Safety Matter for All Michigan Students

In recent years, the Michigan Legislature has taken several steps to ensure the health and safety of all Michigan students, including the approval of $2.5 million to reimburse nonpublic schools for complying with state health and safety mandates. Unfortunately, legal pressure has challenged this funding, and opponents of the appropriation have articulated misleading information about nonpublic schools. The Word from Lansing column for August addresses these erroneous claims and highlights why Michigan should care for and protect students at all schools as a matter of fairness. A similar version of this column first ran in The Detroit News on July 26, 2017. Read more…

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Lansing Update: July 28, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Treat All Students Fairly, MCC President and CEO Writes in The Detroit News; U.S. Bishops Comment on Rejection of Health Care Law. Read more…

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Lansing Update: July 21, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: 2017–2018 State Budget Signed Into Law; U.S. Bishops Say Federal Budget Places Poor in Jeopardy; USCCB Urges Senate to Consider More Reasonable Approach on Health Care Reform; Calls to Continue DACA Program Also Point to Need for Immigration Reform. Read more…

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Lansing Update: July 14, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Female Genital Mutilation Now Illegal in State Law; Governor Approves Local Government and School Sale Bill; OK2SAY Efforts to Promote School Safety Signed into Law; The Word from Lansing Column: Promoting the Common Good — A Look Back; USCCB: Senate Health Care Reform Bill Still Unacceptable; U.S. Bishops Urge Administration to Raise Cap on Refugee Admissions. Read more…

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The Word from Lansing Column: Promoting the Common Good—A Look Back

The Catholic Church and people of faith are called to meet and to serve those on the periphery of society. Throughout the 2017–2018 legislative session, the Michigan Catholic Conference has brought to the State Capitol a concern for those in need, seeking to protect human dignity and to uplift those who are struggling. The Word from Lansing column for July reflects on a number of MCC-supported policies that have been approved by lawmakers during the first half of this year. Read more…

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Lansing Update: June 30, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: SCOTUS Decision in Lutheran School Playground Case 'Widen[s] the Space for Conversation'; Catholic Bishops Call U.S. Senate to Reject Changes to Social Safety Net in Health Care Bill; USCCB Responds to SCOTUS Action on Refugee Travel Ban; Convocation of Catholic Leaders Meets in Orlando This Weekend. Read more…

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News Release: Supreme Court Decision in Favor of Trinity Will ‘Widen the Space for Conversation’

The United States Supreme Court ruled 7–2 in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer that the State of Missouri’s policy to prevent state grant funding for playground equipment at a Lutheran preschool was, in the words of Chief Justice John Roberts, “odious to our Constitution.” Michigan Catholic Conference strongly supports the majority opinion, which strikes down an inherently discriminatory practice that punished a school for its religious mission. Following the ruling on Monday, June 26, MCC President and CEO Paul Long offered comments regarding the decision and how that decision may relate to a case moving through the Michigan courts. Read more…

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Lansing Update: June 23, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: House and Senate Agree on Education Funding in 2017–2018 State Budget; Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Budget Approved by Lawmakers; Measure to Continue OK2SAY School Safety Program Passes the Michigan Legislature; Bill on Local Governments and School Sale Close to Governor's Desk; House Approves Measures Addressing Prostitution Exemption, Spina Bifida, and MI-POST; Shared Parenting Time Measure Continues Forward to the House of Representatives; Senate Opioid Package Approved by Full Senate; U.S. Bishops React to Health Care Reform, Possible Deportation of Iraqi Refugees. Read more…

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The Word from Lansing Column: Raising Awareness About the Dignity of Children

All children have dignity, and the promotion of that dignity should be a critical priority in society. During the month of June, several days have been designated to raise awareness about threats to children, including the International Day of Innocent Child Victims of Aggression and the World Day Against Child Labor. In the last fifteen years, the Catholic Church has taken a leading role in efforts to protect young people and is continuing to take steps to improve safety in its institutions. In The Word from Lansing for June, Michigan Catholic Conference details more about this role and other legislative efforts to improve the situations of children and families. Read more…

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Lansing Update: June 16, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Omnibus Budget Bills Return to Conference Committees; Governor Signs Bill Allowing Expert Testimony in Human Trafficking Cases; The Word from Lansing Column: Raising Awareness About the Dignity of Children; Legislation Addressing Prostitution Exemption for Law Enforcement Clears House Committee; FGM Package Headed Soon for Governor's Desk; Senate Approves Knights of Columbus Fundraising Plate With Wide Support; Health Policy Committee Sends MI-Post Legislation On to Full House; Michigan House of Representatives Widely Supports Opioid Package. Read more…

Michigan Catholic Conference's Board of Directors, which includes the bishops of each arch/diocese in the state, meet with lawmakers at the State Capitol in Lansing

Lansing Update: June 9, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Lawmakers Greet Michigan's Bishops at State Capitol Luncheon; U.S. Bishops to Gather for Mass of Prayer and Penance for Survivors of Abuse; Conference Committees Pass Revised Budget Proposals for 2017–2018 Year; Human Trafficking Expert Testimony Legislation Awaits Governor's Consideration; Knights of Columbus Fundraising Bill Continues to Full Senate; After Passing the House, Senate Committee Next Stop for FGM Package; Sanctuary City Debate: MCC Neutral on Legislation But Raises Concerns; Opioid Measures Continue Forward in Both Chambers; Bill on Local Governments and School Sale Passes House Committee. Read more…

Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Email
Address
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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