GOP leadership calls off Thursday session, says protest not a factor

    Michigan Capitol | Susan J. Demas

    Earlier this week, GOP legislative leadership had insisted that plans to meet for session Thursday were still on — despite another armed right-wing protest also scheduled for that day.

    Those plans for the state Legislature changed late Wednesday afternoon. After the state Senate voted on spending bills for COVID-19, both chambers adjourned until next week.

    In response to a question about whether the protest was a factor in canceling Thursday’s session, a spokesperson for House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) did not answer directly.

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    “We finished all of the planned votes for the week, and just like the play laid out last week, the House is still in on Wednesdays and as needed on other days,” Gideon D’Assandro said in an email.

    A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) responded to the same inquiry by stating only that the Senate is adjourned until Tuesday morning.

    Many Democratic lawmakers had expressed frustration and concern about having session on the same day as the protest, which has been dubbed “judgment day” by its organizers. Earlier this week, a panel that could have changed the rules for firearms in the state Capitol chose to shelve the decision until next week at the earliest. 

    Laina G. Stebbins
    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, civil rights and criminal justice. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or listening to podcasts, she loves art and design, discovering new music, being out in nature and spending time with her two very special cats.