"Their alternative is to do nothing," said Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) of the Republicans."Thoughts and prayers are not a substitute for policy."
Term limits in Michigan allow for no more than 14 years in the legislature. Supporters of changing the rule say the length of time in the legislature made law making more difficult.
The package of bills is seven years in the making. The mother behind the legislation says it would have protected her son from abuse he suffered at the hands of a convicted abuser.
State Sen. John Bizon was seeking treatment for COVID-19 when he pulled her closer, squeezed her waist with a cupping motion. He later became angry when the nurse wouldn't prescribe a medication he wanted.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had already indicated she would veto the bill. However, as the suspended gas tax plan stands, it wouldn't take effect until next year.
The Republican-led Senate approved the vote on a 22-15 party-line vote that would lower the income tax from 4.25% to 3.9%. The Michigan governor has called the cuts unsustainable.
"I do not think the state is being served well by the House of Representatives that is by and large what's a large revolving door today," Duggan said. "We are backing what the people support, and we're reducing the term from 14 years to 12 years."
The bill includes creating a $1 billion school modernization fund and an array of one-time spending plans due to the state's $7 billion balance carried over into the new year.
Among the projects the state is eyeing is General Motors new electric vehicle battery factory. Several hundred million will also be available to restaurants and other businesses that lost money during the pandemic.
The bulk of the money is from the federal government that will go to schools, airports, and emergency rental aid.
Another veto that has some scratching their heads is the governor's veto that would have created polling places at senior centers around the state. She said the bill would actually make it more difficult for seniors to vote.
Whitmer’s office had already said she would block two sections affecting local health departments that Republicans hoped to secure during budget agreements.
In order to secure the budget deal, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agreed not to issue COVID-19 vaccine requirements that extend beyond President Joe Biden's rules.
Both parties entered negotiations backed with a big surplus in consumer spending and other coronavirus relief funds, which likely eased what can be a tough legislative process.
"I will not be voting yes today. I will be voting hell yes," said State Rep. Jack O'Malley (R-Lake Ann).
The president accused the Republican Chair of the Oversight Committee and the Senate Majority leader of trying to "hide the truth" about the election. The Republican-led investigation found no evidence of fraud.
Any further investigation of theories alleging fraud, including those that looking at Antrim County would be "a complete waste of time" read the report, which found no evidence of fraud.
Under federal law, schools with higher numbers of poor students will receive a larger share of the extra money. Another $2.2 billion was approved for rent and local governments.
The state Senate also recommended $1.5 billion to replace 400 locally-owned bridges - five times as much as what the Michigan governor recommended before cash flowed into the state.
Current loopholes in Michigan's gun laws make it so online and private transactions aren't subjected to background checks. Despite polls showing eight in 10 Americans supporting such measures, the bill is likely to die in the Republican-led Legislature.