Lansing has been a hotbed for legislative action in recent weeks as Michigan lawmakers tackled gun control, LGBTQ+ rights, abortion and the right to work in a slate of new bills passed and repealed in several legislative sessions across the House and Senate.  

Additional gun safety laws — safe storage laws, universal background checks and red flag laws have been passed by lawmakers and LGBTQ+ protections will be added to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Lawmakers also repealed the 2012 right to work law signed into action by former Gov. Rick Snyder and the 1931 abortion ban. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the bill to expand LGBTQ+ protections Thursday, March 16, the same day the Michigan Senate approved a trio of proposals related to gun safety.


One Detroit senior producer Bill Kubota sits down with Michigan Radio Political Director Zoe Clark to get a rundown on what lawmakers passed and where they stood on the issues. They talk about the impact the recent mass shooting at Michigan State University had on gun control conversations, the legislature’s bipartisan support of the Elliott-Larsen amendment, and the controversy around the right to work. 

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