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After election, Michigan legislature returns to work for lame duck session

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

The Michigan Legislature returns for the start of its lame duck session Wednesday.  

There are several items on the agenda, including possibly amending laws to raise the minimum wage and to require paid sick leave.  

Pete Vargas is with Michigan One Fair Wage. He says legislators should leave the laws alone.

“We really hope and charge our legislators to avoid an expensive legal battle and just do what they are supposed to do and uphold the ballot initiatives and the spirit of the language it was adopted in,” says Vargas. 

Lawmakers approved the two proposed ballot questions in September, rather than let voters decide. In doing so, state lawmakers only need simply majorities in the House and Senate to amend the two ballot proposals. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.