Lawmakers Look To Tackle Big Issues In Next Two Weeks

Dec 3, 2013

State lawmakers are back to work after a two week break.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, they have a long list of issues they hope to tackle before the new year.

One of those issues was also a top priority this time last year. Many lawmakers want to expand a state-run school district meant to turn around struggling schools. Right now, the Education Achievement Authority oversees 15 schools in Detroit. Governor Rick Snyder wants to expand it statewide. But the legislation has been stalled in the state Senate for months.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says he recently met with Governor Snyder about the issue.

“I wouldn’t call it an ‘agreement’ in principle, but an agreement that, conceptually, we could get something done,” he says.

The Legislature could also consider a proposal that would put new restrictions on insurance coverage for abortions. That proposal has been referred to a committee that Richardville chairs, but he has not committed to taking it up.