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.

    June 1, 2018

    Still from one of MCC's Freedom to Serve videos

    USCCB: Separating Abortion from Title X Family Planning Program "Deeply Appreciated"; Driver's License Bills to be Sent to Governor's Desk; The Word from Lansing Column: Why Michigan Needs to Raise the Age; MCC Receives Four Bronze Tellys for Freedom to Serve Videos.

    May 25, 2018

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    Catholic Conference Applauds House Passage of Abuse Prevention Legislation; MCC Supports School Safety Bills, Which Continue Now to Senate; Catholic Press Association Honors MCC With First-Place Gabriel Award; Memorial Day Remembers Service Men and Women Across America.

    May 18, 2018

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    House Committee Continues Debate, MCC Urges Opposition to Civil Retroactivity; Catholic Conference Applauds AG's Decision on Mandate Appeal Revenue Estimating Conference: More Funding Available for the State; School Safety Measures Move Forward to Full Senate; Full House Approves Safe Delivery Device Bill; MCC Supports Energy Freedom Bills in Concept in House Committee.

    May 11, 2018

    MCC staff testify on behalf of the FIP Grace Period for Marriage Bill in the House Families, Children, and Human Services Committee

    Opposition to Retroactive Legislation Continues to Grow; Stillborn Tax Exemption Unanimously Clears Senate Committee; MCC Testifies on Behalf of FIP Grace Period for Marriage Bill; School Safety Measures Pass House, Continue to Senate; House Families Committee Hears Testimony On Safe Delivery Device Bill; Happy Mother's Day from Michigan Catholic Conference.

    May 4, 2018

    Michigan Catholic Conference staff and representatives of The Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo and Diocese of Gaylord speak before the House Law and Justice Committee regarding safe environments and policies to protect children

    MCC and Diocesan Reps Testify on Behalf of Mandatory Reporting Bills; In Joint Letter, MCC and MANS Urge Immediate Appeal of Mandate Ruling; 2018–2019 Budget Proposals Continue to Conference Committees; House Approves Exemption on Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation; With Changes, House Committee Clears School Safety Package; MCC Opposes Medicaid Work Requirements in House Committee.

    April 30, 2018

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    Court of Claims Ruling Strikes Down Mandate Funding, Next Steps Being Considered; House Committee Continues Consideration of Child Protection Measures; Legislation Expanding Definition of Coercion Becomes Law; State Lawmakers Move Critical Budget Proposals Forward; Michigan Legislature Considers School Safety Measures; Updates on State Immigration Resolution, DACA, and the USA Act.

    April 20, 2018

    A smiling mother holds her child

    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.

    April 13, 2018

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    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.

    March 16, 2018

    MCC Policy Advocate Paul Stankewitz and Archdiocese of Detroit Superintendent Kevin Kijewski meet with U.S. Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C.

    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.

    March 9, 2018

    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.

    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.

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