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House Dem leader questions Republicans' reason for sudden cancellation of session

Michigan House of Representatives

The abrupt cancellation of Thursday's House floor session and committee meetings has Democratic leaders questioning their Republican counterparts as to what is going on.  

Republican House leaders say the sudden cancellation was because there was "nothing immediately time sensitive up for a vote on the floor." 

But the decision came on the same day that a Republican state representative acknowledged he had COVID-19. West Michigan lawmaker Scott VanSingel (R-Grant) told the Detroit Free Press, "I have been sick for about two weeks and finally feel like I have beat this the past couple days. It is unlike anything I've ever had as it would come and go multiple times."

Democratic House minority leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) said the situation is a reminder that Republicans chose not to advance a bill introduced by Democrats in April that would have allowed for remote legislating during the pandemic.  

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Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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