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.

    December 15, 2017

    A young couple contemplating their finances

    Governor Signs Two Measures Eliminating the Law Enforcement Prostitution Exemption; Unemployment Compensation Bills Continue to Governor's Desk; Legislature Approves Opioid Bills, Sends Package to Governor Snyder; House Widely Supports Medical Marijuana Warning Label for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers; Legislation Protecting Victims of Sexual Assault Passes Senate Committee; The Word From Lansing Column: Encountering the Poor This Advent and Beyond.

    December 8, 2017

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    SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop Case, USCCB Issues Comments; U.S. Bishops to Congress: Advance Tax Reform That Meets Key Moral Concerns; Prohibition of Nudity in Adult-Oriented Businesses with Liquor Licenses Continues to Full Senate; Medical Marijuana Warning Label for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers Continues to House; U.S. House of Representatives Unanimously Approves Increase of Federal FGM Penalties. Governor Signs Parental Rights and FGM Legislation Into Law

    December 1, 2017

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    TAKE ACTION! Public Comment Period on HHS Mandate Exemption Open Until Dec 5; Federal Tax Reform Discussion Continues; USCCB Calls for Changes in Both Proposals; Elimination of Prostitution Exemption for Law Enforcement Close to Governor's Desk; Michigan Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Regarding FGM and Parental Rights; Border District Dual Enrollment Expansion Continues Towards Final Passage; Senate Oversight Committee Approves Unemployment Compensation Reform Package.

    November 17, 2017

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    Beatification for Detroit's Fr. Solanus Casey Will Take Place 11/18; Governor Signs POST Measures Into Law; The Word from Lansing Column: Promoting a Respect for Life.

    November 10, 2017

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    Interfaith Conference Highlights Value of Religious Freedom and Collaborative Efforts; New FOCUS Publication: Promoting a Respect for Life; MCC Testifies Against Allowing Concealed Carry in Gun-Free Zones; House of Representatives Votes to Move Sentencing Bill Forward; Employment Security Package Supported by MCC Passes House Unanimously; MCC Presents on Shared Time in House K–12 Appropriations Subcommittee.

    November 3, 2017

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    Safe Delivery Update Becomes Law; Prohibition on Local Excise Taxes for Food Becomes Law; POST Package Continues Forward to Governor's Desk; Michigan Legislature Continues Discussion and Movement on Opioid Measures; Unemployment Insurance Package Clears House Committee, Continues to Full House.

    October 20, 2017

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    Catholic Church in Michigan Welcomes Settlement to End Five-Year HHS Mandate Fight; ACTION ALERT: Urge Passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; Safe Delivery Update Moves Forward to Governor's Desk with Wide Legislative Support; State House of Representatives Approves Dual Enrollment Expansion; Catholic Conference Supports Spina Bifida and Perinatal Hospice Legislation; The Word from Lansing Column: Freedom of Religion and the Value of Interfaith Collaboration.

    October 13, 2017

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    Conversation on MI-Post Returns, Moves to Full State Senate; More Opioid Measures Approved in Senate Committee; Michigan Senate Passes Prohibition on Local Food Excise Taxes; U.S. Bishops Call for Congressional Action to Protect Dreamers; USCCB Calls for Renewed Carbon Emissions Solutions.

    October 6, 2017

    Woman praying at the border between the United States and Mexico
    Photo by CNS Photo/Nancy Phelan WiechecPhoto credit

    Michigan Catholic Conference and U.S. Bishops Comment on Revised HHS Mandate; Measure Regarding FGM and Parental Rights Continues to Michigan Senate; Bipartisan Support Propels Immigration Resolution to the State Senate; Full House of Representatives Next to Consider Latest Pieces of Opioid Package; Prohibition on Local Excise Taxes for Food Receives Vote in Both Chambers.

    September 29, 2017

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    Pope Francis Calls for Catholics to Participate in "Share The Journey" Campaign; State Resolution Urges Federal Action on Immigration Reform, Passes House Committee; Bill Expanding Dual Enrollment Opportunities Passes House Committee; Prohibition on Local Excise Taxes on Food Receives Consideration in Committees.

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