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Lawmakers clear out of Lansing for three weeks while major legislation waits

Nov 11, 2015

Credit Jake Neher / MPRN

State lawmakers are taking a three-week break for deer hunting and Thanksgiving.

  

And they’ll have a lot of work waiting for them when they return to Lansing.

The Legislature is set to consider a restructuring and rescue package for Detroit Public Schools. Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for about $700 million to help pay down the district’s massive debt. But it’s been tough to find lawmakers willing to take the lead on that issue.

  

State Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, says they plan to get started on it in early December.

“If all things are equal going through the break here and where conversations continue, we’ll introduce something right when we get back,” said Meekhof, who acknowledges it will be a busy December.

“We’ve got a couple big things left yet. So we’ll have a couple more weeks of work in this business year, hopefully we get to those things and we can solve the issues there as well.”

Lawmakers are also considering a major re-write of Michigan’s energy laws.

Legislative leaders have not committed to holding votes on either issue before the end of the year.