Roads top Michigan Legislature's lame-duck agenda
LANSING (AP) - Michigan lawmakers have three weeks left in their lame-duck session to enact a potentially wide-ranging assortment of bills, topped by a measure to significantly boost road funding.
The Republican-led Senate's recent approval of a bill to more than double state gasoline and diesel taxes over four years faces an "uphill climb" in the GOP-controlled House, says Speaker Jase Bolger. He's floating an alternative to gradually eliminate the state sales tax at the pump while raising per-gallon fuel taxes a corresponding amount.
Legislation not approved in December will die but can be reintroduced in the next two-year session starting in January.
Lawmakers also will debate criminal sentencing changes, gay discrimination and religious liberty bills, teacher evaluations, film incentives and changing how Michigan allocates electoral votes to presidential candidates.