House Democrats voted not to concur with the version of HB 4001 passed by the Senate on Wednesday, which cut the bill down to a shell and stripped all references to retirement income.
Expanding the Consumer Protection Act, creating new legislation out of recommendations from the Elder Abuse Task force, police improvement reforms and several other legislative proposals are priorities for the Department of Attorney General this year as it seeks to work with the new Democratic Party majority leading the House Judiciary Committee .
The new Democratic legislative majorities passed legislation Thursday rolling back the state's taxes on retirement income and raising the Earned Income Tax Credit with some bipartisan support, moves which would unwind key parts of former Governor Rick Snyder's tax overhaul from more than a decade ago.
Ensuring every 4-year-old child has access to preschool through the Great Start Readiness Program and to fund a statewide tutoring program via the MI Kids Back on Track were focal points in Governor Gretchen Whitmer's fifth State of the State address on Wednesday.
Republican members of the Legislature criticized Governor Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State address for being vague and lacking in detail on policies, such as how the state plans to pay for universal preschool and expanding access to community college.
House Republicans have expressed frustration with the way the new Democratic majority has handled committee assignments, particularly with the delay in informing GOP members of their Appropriations subcommittee assignments.