Lame duck sessions in the Michigan legislature provide a no holds barred setting for Lansing lobbyists and special interests. Many lawmakers will be leaving the legislature at the end of the year or the end of their next term; others who were just elected to new terms know they won’t have to face the voters again until two or four years from now.
The political environment is ripe for deal cutting. Some lawmakers who have measures they want to see enacted will gladly support unrelated legislation in order to get “their own bills” passed. Trying to predict what will happen during a lame duck session is risky. A line from the Kenny Rogers song “The Gambler,” describes the situation. “There’ll be time enough for countn’ when the dealing’s done.”