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Lansing Update

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.

MCC staff testify on behalf of the FIP Grace Period for Marriage Bill in the House Families, Children, and Human Services Committee

May 11, 2018

This week: Opposition to Retroactive Legislation Continues to Grow; Stillborn Tax Exemption Unanimously Clears Senate Committee; MCC Testifies on Behalf of FIP Grace Period for Marriage Bill; School Safety Measures Pass House, Continue to Senate; House Families Committee Hears Testimony On Safe Delivery Device Bill; Happy Mother's Day from Michigan Catholic Conference. Read more…

Michigan Catholic Conference staff and representatives of The Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo and Diocese of Gaylord speak before the House Law and Justice Committee regarding safe environments and policies to protect children

May 4, 2018

This week: MCC and Diocesan Reps Testify on Behalf of Mandatory Reporting Bills; In Joint Letter, MCC and MANS Urge Immediate Appeal of Mandate Ruling; 2018–2019 Budget Proposals Continue to Conference Committees; House Approves Exemption on Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation; With Changes, House Committee Clears School Safety Package; MCC Opposes Medicaid Work Requirements in House Committee. Read more…

A young girl draws a heart in the raindrops that have collected on a window

April 30, 2018

This week: Court of Claims Ruling Strikes Down Mandate Funding, Next Steps Being Considered; House Committee Continues Consideration of Child Protection Measures; Legislation Expanding Definition of Coercion Becomes Law; State Lawmakers Move Critical Budget Proposals Forward; Michigan Legislature Considers School Safety Measures; Updates on State Immigration Resolution, DACA, and the USA Act. Read more…

A smiling mother holds her child

April 20, 2018

This week: MCC Supports Child Protection Bills in House Committee Discussions on HHS Appropriations Budget Continue in Both Chambers; Tuition Grant Restored in Both Budget Versions, Other Education Measures Await Vote; House of Representatives Votes 96-13 on Driver's License Bills; Immigration Reform Resolution Continues to Have MCC Support; Medicaid Work Requirement Passes Senate, Continues Forward. Read more…

Four children and their teacher working on a science project

April 13, 2018

This week: House of Reps Introduces Package of Child Protection Measures; House HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Moves 2018–2019 Budget Recommendation; Appropriations Subcommittees Move Education Budget Proposals Forward; Coercion Expansion in Human Trafficking Law Sent to Governor's Desk; House of Representatives Unanimously Approves Stillborn Tax Exemption; Driver's License Bills Amended; Continue to the House of Representatives; Michigan Catholic Conference Receives Four Awards for PR Excellence. Read more…

MCC Policy Advocate Paul Stankewitz and Archdiocese of Detroit Superintendent Kevin Kijewski meet with U.S. Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C.

March 16, 2018

This week: MCC Continues to Support Safe Environments While Opposing Retroactive Measures; In 104–2 Vote, House Approves Hospice Fix Regarding Opioids; Stillborn Tax Exemption Legislation Receives Consideration; MCC Expresses Concerns with State ID and Driver's License Bills; Federal STOP School Violence Act Clears U.S. House of Representatives with Wide Support; Pope Francis Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary of Election to Papacy. Read more…

MCC Vice President for Public Policy Tom Hickson guides nonpublic school principals to Senate session and helps them pull lawmakers off the Senate floor for individual legislative meetings.

March 9, 2018

This week: Save-the-Date! Monday, March 12 is National Call-in Day for the Conscience Protection Act; Foster Families Speak Out Against ACLU Case; Nonpublic School Principals Meet with Legislators for MANS Public Policy Day; Medical Marijuana Warning Label for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers Continues Forward; Bills Protect Victims from Attending School with Their Attackers, Continue to Senate Committee; Court Action Temporarily Extends Some DACA Protections; USCCB Urges Concrete Actions to Address Scourge of Gun Violence. Read more…

The Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools (MANS), which accredits and supports Catholic and other faith-based schools, testifies before the House and Senate School Aid Appropriation Subcommittees about the importance of shared time.

March 2, 2018

This week: Bill Expanding Definition of Coercion in Human Trafficking Law Clears State House; Senate Approves Pro-Marriage Policy With Wide Bipartisan Support; Shared Time Advocates Testify in House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees; MCC Supports Measures to Prevent Abuse and Hold Offenders Accountable. Read more…

MCC's Tom Hickson testifies before the Senate Families, Seniors, and  Human Services Committee in support of Senate Bill 752 alongside its sponsor, Senator Wayne Schmidt

February 23, 2018

This week: Monday, February 26 is a National Call-in Day for Dreamers; Pro-Marriage Policy, Supported by MCC, Passes Senate Committee; Changes to Do-Not-Resuscitate Law Continue to Michigan Senate. Read more…

Caution tape reading 'POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS' in the foreground and rescue workers in the background

February 16, 2018

This week: Sentencing Bill Includes Embryos and Fetuses as Victims, Continues to Full Senate; Taxation Prohibition on Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Passes House Committee; Bill to Expand Coercion Definition in Human Trafficking Statute Moves on to House; Weatherization Funds Bill Clears Senate Committee; USCCB: Federal Budget Should Build Toward Common Good. Read more…

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Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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