Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Address
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

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End Dismemberment Abortion: Michigan Values Life!

Lansing Update: November 22, 2019

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: REMINDER: Help the Petition Drive to End Dismemberment Abortion Finish Strong in December; TAKE ACTION: Urge Congress to Oppose Budget Amendment Enriching Global Abortion Providers; School Safety Building Code Change Approved by House; November is Adoption Awareness Month; The Word from Lansing: Safe Delivery Law Saves Michigan Newborns; Legislature on Break Until December 3; Happy Thanksgiving! Read more…

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The Word from Lansing: Safe Delivery Law Saves Michigan Newborns

At least 241 babies have been saved in this state over the past two decades, thanks to Michigan’s Safe Delivery of Newborns Law. Public Act 232 of 2000 allows for parents to surrender anonymously and voluntarily their newborn child—up to three days old—to an emergency service provider without fear of legal charges. Michigan enacted the Safe Delivery Law, with the support of Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) and Right to Life of Michigan, to protect newborns from being abandoned or otherwise harmed Read more…

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News Release: MCC Welcomes Federal Rule Change to Protect Religious Agencies

On Friday, November 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a rule change that will ensure faith-based adoption and foster care agencies are neither discriminated against nor excluded from federal funding due to their religious mission. The proposed rule change reconsiders a 2016 rule that penalized faith-based entities for adhering to their religious teaching and placing children with a married mother and father. Read more…

MCC Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy Tom Hickson speaks at a press conference held at the State Capitol on Thursday

Lansing Update: November 1, 2019

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: Pro-Abortion Advocates Propose Eliminating All Restrictions in Michigan; Raise the Age Legislation Signed into Law; Michigan Catholic Conference Supports Driver's License Bills. Read more…

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News Release: MCC Applauds Bipartisan Success to ‘Raise the Age’ in Michigan

Democrat and Republican Cooperation Results in Juvenile Justice Reform

Currently, Michigan law requires all 17-year-olds to be charged automatically as an adult, regardless of the crime that has been committed. With the governor’s signature of the ‘Raise the Age’ bill package, Michigan joins 46 other states in the country that gives a judge the discretion to charge a 17-year-old as an adult based on the severity of the crime. “Michigan has just enacted good policy that will allow youths who commit lesser crimes to receive necessary resources at the juvenile court level,” MCC said in a statement. Read more…

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Lansing Update: October 25, 2019

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: REMINDER: Petition Drive to End Dismemberment Abortion Continues; Gun Free Zone Elimination Bills Move Forward; School Safety Building Code Change Before Full House; Dual Enrollment Bills Head to Senate; MCC Welcomes Legal Opinion in Faith-Based Adoption Case. Read more…

Two incarcerated young men lean against a chain link fence, staring into the distance

The Word from Lansing: Michigan Prepares to Enact “Raise the Age” Legislation

Until recently, seventeen-year-olds arrested in this state had no option to receive juvenile justice services, even for first-time, non-violent offenses. Newly enacted “Raise the Age” laws, however, change the way these individuals are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. The Word from Lansing column for October reflects on the bipartisan measures, MCC’s advocacy in support of the package, and the importance of continued reform. Read more…

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Lansing Update: October 18, 2019

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: REMINDER: Petition Drive to End Dismemberment Abortion Continues; Raise the Age Legislation Moves on to Governor Whitmer; MCC Opposes Legislation to Expand Payday Lending; MCC Opposes Near Elimination of Gun Free Zones; MCC Supports School Safety Building Code Change. Read more…

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Lansing Update: October 11, 2019

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: Post Budget Fallout: Week One; Raise the Age Packages Approaching Finish Line; Senate Committee Approves Forensic Science Commission Bills; Dual Enrollment Legislation Moves Forward; REMINDER: Petition Drive to End Dismemberment Abortion Continues Throughout Respect Life Month. Read more…

Tom Hickson, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on House Bill 4251

Lansing Update: October 4, 2019

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: Governor Uses State Administrative Board to Move Funds, Liberally Uses Line Item Veto Power in State Budget Row; MCC Testifies at House Financial Services Committee Hearing on New Safeguards for Payday Lending; Respect Life Month Theme: "Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life"; REMINDER: Petition Drive to End Dismemberment Abortion During Respect Life Month. Read more…

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News Release: Whitmer Vetoes Funds for Pregnant Women, Nonpublic Schools

Women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy will no longer have access to state funds for maternal and child well-being support from local non-profit organizations after Governor Gretchen Whitmer today vetoed $700,000 in funding for the Michigan Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services Program. In addition to eliminating funds to help women in crisis pregnancies, Governor Whitmer also vetoed from the state budget monies that help ensure health and safety protections for students enrolled in nonpublic schools. These cuts were among 147 line-item vetoes issued by Governor Whitmer today from departmental budgets previously passed by the legislature. Read more…

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Lansing Update: September 27, 2019

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: Pregnancy Program, Funds for Nonpublic Schools May be in State Budget Jeopardy; Suicide Commission Bill Approved by House; MCC Supports Expansion of Dual Enrollment Opportunities; Major Legal Victory for Faith-based Adoption and Foster Care; REMINDER: Sign the Petition Drive to End Dismemberment Abortion. 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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