Lawmakers back in Lansing for day, but no votes taken

Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Lawmakers were back in Lansing Wednesday for their only scheduled session in July, but just how much work was actually done?

Newschannel 3 was in Lansing Wednesday, to cover what some lawmakers are now calling a disappointing day.

On their only day back at the Capitol this month, all lawmakers seem to agree that they left plenty of unfinished business on the table, and no full votes were taken in either chamber.

"Really, nothing happened today," said Kalamazoo Rep. Sean McCann. "There was no attendance taken and no record roll call votes taken."

It was a big disappointment for Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, who had hoped to see some movement on a long-term fix for our crumbling roads.

"Nothing; there is nothing going on here with regards to roads," she said.

Back in June, lawmakers left for summer break before they were able to strike a compromise on funding--something McCann says is unacceptable.

"Our citizens expect us to be working on their behalf; we shouldn't be out when there's still work to be done," he said.

Committees did move forward with two bills related to medical marijuana--one that would allow communities to decide whether they want dispensaries, and another that would allow the sale of marijuana-infused products.

But still, Whitmer says it's not enough.

"That's bologna," she said. "To schedule one day this month to come in and vote and not cast a single vote; do you think that's working? I think most people would say that's not really working."

Republican Senator Rick Jones says it is.

"The Democrats are just blowing smoke, they know we're here to work," he said. "Even if we're not actually in session, we're working on all sorts of things."

McCann, however, says the results speak for themselves.

"When you leave serious work unfinished, to not even have any indication that we're working on it is disappointing," he said.

Lawmakers have one more session scheduled in August before they come back full-time in September, but overall, Democrats say the voters deserve more from the Republicans in charge.

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