Why Are Michigan Republicans Taking Votes on Bills They Know Won’t Pass?

Jake Neher/WDET

Michigan House of Representatives

Efforts to overhaul Michigan’s auto insurance laws are stalled at the state Capitol.

That’s after Republican House Speaker Tom Leonard called a vote on his bills to reduce auto no-fault rates — and those bills went down in defeat.

WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth talk about a pattern that is emerging from Republican leadership in Lansing.

(Leonard) did this previously with the income tax vote — that bill that would get rid of the state’s income tax,” says Roth.

He put it up there, he didn’t get enough votes from his own party to get it passed.”

It seems like once is something that happened — twice, you’re starting a trend.”

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

Image credit: Sandra Svoboda/WDET

This post is a part of MichMash.

Each week, WDET's Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth un-jumble Michigan issues and talk about how statewide news stories affect you. 

About the Author

Jake Neher

Detroit Today - Producer & Special Projects Reporter

Jake Neher is a producer & reporter for Detroit Today

Jake.Neher@wdet.org   Follow @GJNeher

Cheyna Roth


Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She’s also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.

CRoth@MPRN.org   Follow @Cheyna_R

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