Right to Work

Michigan Senate Follows House in Passing Right-To-Work

The bills must still be consolidated, but the hard work of overcoming opposition is largely done


LANSING — The Michigan House and Senate each passed controversial right-to-work legislation today, amid loud protests and a walkout by Democratic legislators.

The state House passed the first right-to-work bill late this afternoon in a 58-52 vote, but that bill can't move on to the Senate until the next session day—possibly Friday, if a session is scheduled—because of a procedural move by Democrats who are asking that the vote be reconsidered.

The state Senate approved two right-to-work bills this evening, one dealing with public workers and the other with private-sector employees. The bills passed 22-16 and 22-4, respectively.