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.

    March 2, 2018

    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.

    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.

    February 23, 2018

    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

    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.

    February 16, 2018

    Caution tape reading 'POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS' in the foreground and rescue workers in the background

    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.

    February 9, 2018

    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.

    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.

    January 26, 2018

    MCC Intern Bailey LeBeau holding a

    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.

    January 12, 2018

    Migrant worker picking produce in the sun

    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.

    January 5, 2018

    Four school children and their teacher working on building a robot in the classroom

    Michigan Takes Action Against Opioid Crisis as New Laws Are Enacted; Governor Signs Unemployment Compensation Measures Into Law; Competitive FIRST Robotics Grants Awarded; Nonpublic Schools Receive $157,700;

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