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.

    A New Bishop in Kalamazoo

    Bishop-elect Msgr. Edward M. Lohse of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania.

    The Governor signed more MCC-backed gun safety legislation, and new information is provided on two MCC-supported packages to promote restorative justice for prisoners and crime victims. Finally, a new bishop for the Diocese of Kalamazoo was named this week, who will soon join the MCC Board of Directors.

    Poll Shows Michigan Voters Favor Abortion Regulation

    Pro-choice voters support abortion regulations. So do people who voted yes on Proposal 3.

    MCC this week released poll data confirming widespread Michigan voter support for longstanding abortion regulations, including among pro-choice and Proposal 3 voters. Also this week, the Governor signed an unfortunate bill creating an abortion mandate on employers. Read more about that as well as other updates on legislation MCC is tracking

    MCC Calls on Grassroots to Oppose Abortion Mandate Bill

    A young, pregnant woman silhouetted in front of a window with the words

    A bill that equates abortion with childbirth when it comes to employe benefits advanced in the Legislature, prompting MCC to issue an action alert to Catholics to contact their lawmakers to oppose the bill. Separately, MCC-supported bills to ensure safe drinking water in schools and to proactively prevent sexual abuse moved forward.

    Update: Gun Bills Signed, ID for All Introduced

    Tom Hickson, vice president for public policy and advocacy for MCC, speaks at a press conference announcing the driver’s license legislation. Bill sponsors pictured behind him include Sen. Stephanie Chang (left) and Rep. Abraham Aiyash (second from left).

    The Governor signed two of the three gun safety reforms that MCC supports, while the third component passed the state House this week. Also, a MCC priority for this legislative session—allowing the undocumented to again obtain driver’s licenses—was introduced.

    Gun Safety Bills Pass Legislature and Much More

    r. Michael Rice, the state superintendent, addresses nonpublic school leaders attending the MANS public policy day.

    MCC-backed bills to implement gun safety reforms have passed the Legislature and are headed to the Governor. Plus, MCC weighs in on other measures before the Legislature dealing with abortion, helping prisoners return to society and helping the working poor. That and much more in

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