Detroit Today: The Democrats’ latest agenda in Lansing

A new clean energy standard, paid family leave and lowering prescription drug costs have all been identified as priorities for Democrats this season.

FILE - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs legislation, May 22, 2023, in Royal Oak, Mich.

FILE - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs legislation, May 22, 2023, in Royal Oak.

After having a busy winter passing a flurry of bills related to gun control, LGBTQ rights and tax reform, what are Michigan legislators up to now? What are the things they want to accomplish, and what can they actually pass?

Rick Pluta, senior capitol correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network, joined Detroit Today this week to discuss.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. He says the issues Democrats will be addressing this fall, while still a priority, may be more difficult to move on than some of the issues that took precedent at the start of the 2023 session.

“Two things the Democrats would really like to run on are paid family leave and capping prescription drug costs,” said Pluta.

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