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Wed Dec 27, 2023, 10:10 AM Dec 2023

Michigan gun, abortion and workplace union changes to take effect in 2024

(Detroit Free Press) A bevy of Democratic bills signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this year did not garner enough GOP support to take effect immediately. But major changes Democrats made on labor, gun and abortion policies in Michigan will kick in next year.

In 2022, Democrats won full control of the state Legislature for the first time in 40 years. They wielded their new legislative majorities to take action on policies that stalled under GOP control of the Legislature. But without sufficient Republican support on some measures, legislation approved by Whitmer did not go into effect as soon as the ink from her signature on the bills began to dry.

Instead, legislation that did not obtain enough votes to take immediate effect becomes effective 90 days after the state Legislature adjourns for the year. This legislative session, lawmakers adjourned historically early, enabling laws not granted immediate effect to kick in mid-February unless the legislation specified a different effective date.


Right-to-work repeal

On a party-line vote, Democratic lawmakers approved legislation repealing Michigan's so-called "right-to-work" law which allowed those in unionized workplaces to opt out of paying union dues and fees. Just over half of states have right-to-work laws in place. With the stroke of her pen, Whitmer made Michigan the first state in nearly 60 years to abandon the policy, which was long opposed by labor advocates. ...............(more)


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