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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.

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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…

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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…

Tom Hickson (MCC), Curtis Chambers (Burt Lake Band of Ottawa Indians), and Paul Stankewitz (MCC) stand outside of Representative Jack Bergman's office in Washington, D.C.

February 9, 2018

Governor Presents Budget Recommendations to Legislature for 2018–2019 Year; Dual Enrollment Expansion Becomes Law; MCC Participates in Social Ministry Gathering, Speaks to Need for Dreamer Solution; National Marriage Week is February 7–14; February 8th Marks International Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking. Read more…

MCC Intern Bailey LeBeau holding a

January 26, 2018

This week: Rally at State Capitol Celebrates National School Choice Week; National Catholic Schools Week Highlights Contributions of Catholic Education; Border District Dual Enrollment Expansion Continues to Governor; March for Life Sends a Strong Message of Love to Mothers and Children; USCCB Applauds New HHS Initiatives on Conscience and Religious Freedom; Federal Fix for Dreamers Remains an Ongoing Concern; The Word from Lansing Column: New Laws Seek to Curb Opioid Crisis in Michigan. Read more…

Migrant worker picking produce in the sun

January 12, 2018

This week: National Migration Week Recognizes Dignity of Immigrants, Refugees, and Trafficking Victims ; U.S. Bishops Express Support for Legislative Solution for Dreamers; In Honor of MLK Day, U.S. Bishops Call for Courage and Commitment; State Ok2Say Program Continues to Protect Student Safety; "9 Days for Life" Campaign Will Run January 18–26. 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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