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Tue August 26, 2014
Wolf hunt, LGBT rights, and IBM ruling all await Michigan lawmakers tomorrow
Lawmakers in the state House are back for a special summer session day tomorrow. It’s just one day and it’s the last session day before the Legislature returns from its summer break in September.
MLive’s Lansing reporter Jonathon Oosting joined Stateside today to talk about what will be covered in the session.
First: Wolf hunting.
Oosting said the Senate initiated legislation would enact the third wolf hunting law in as many years. Two of those have already been suspended by anti-wolf-hunting groups. This third law would render those two moot. If the House approves this legislation tomorrow, wolf hunting will continue to be allowed in Michigan regardless of what voters say in November.
Second: Building protection for LGBT rights.
Oosting said legislation still needs to be introduced. Lawmakers have been debating the issue behind the scenes for months. There is a possibility legislation would appear tomorrow, but we're more likely to see it in September. Republicans seem to be willing to have the discussion, but are still sympathetic to arguments regarding religious freedom.
Third: IBM ruling
It is a Supreme Court ruling dealing with tax liability in the state. Oosting said the Supreme Court found that the state left a few loopholes in place when it eliminated the Michigan business tax. As a result, IBM is owed what could be $1 billion by next year.
*Listen to the full interview with Jonathon Oosting above.