State Lawmakers Say Goodbye to 2017: Here’s What They Did and Didn’t Do

Michigan Senate

State Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) showing off his holiday sweater, adorned with cats and bells.

The Michigan Legislature has adjourned until 2018.

As usual, lawmakers passed a flurry of bills before leaving for the holidays. They also left plenty of priorities hanging until next year.

WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth talked about what they accomplished, as well as what they hope to get done in the upcoming year.

When it comes to things the Legislature got done before the end of the year, Roth lists bills meant to help address the ongoing opioid crisis, changes to local government pension management, and legislation related to chemicals in drinking water across Michigan.

She says Republican leaders will likely focus in the new year on bills allowing people to openly carry firearms in more places, that would overhaul Michigan’s mental health care system, and would forgive driver responsibility fees.

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

Image credit: Jake Neher/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   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.   Follow @Cheyna_R

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