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Snyder says he won't intervene in lame duck session process

Gov. Rick Snyder
Governor Rick Snyder delivering his State of the State address Wednesday night.

Governor Rick Snyder says he has no intention of interrupting the lame duck session. Protesters have been gathering in the state capitol over the last few weeks.

They’re frustrated with various bills that would do things like take away power from the Secretary of State and shape ballot initiatives that passed in November.

Some have called on Snyder to denounce these bills. He says that’s not how he governs, but, “People should not expect that I’m just going to sign things or I’m just going to veto things. I take each piece of legislation seriously and I will look at it and if I believe it’s in the best public policy interests of our state, I’ll look to sign it."

Snyder also says he has no intention of slowing down during his last few weeks of office. That includes being ready to appoint members to controversial boards.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R