This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)
After months of inaction on the issue, the announcement by Governor Rick Snyder that he would sign Right to Work legislation if it was sent to his desk triggered almost immediate action as both chambers passed different legislation to end mandatory union membership. The House and Senate also took action on a bill to change the deadline and implementation date of the MPSERS reform legislation and sent the agreement to the Governor's desk for signature. The House Education Committee moved SB 620—so-called parent trigger legislation that would allow parents of students in buildings on the Priority School list to petition the district and force the implementation of one of the federally approved turnaround models—to the House floor where it is still awaiting further action. Legislation to cap the school bond loan fund and thereby potentially limit school's access to building bonds also moved out of committee to the House floor. The Education Achievement Authority bills (HB 6004/SB 1358) saw no additional action this week as both remain in their respective chamber's education committees.