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Your Guide to Right-to-Work Bills, Lawmakers' Votes in Macomb Township

Legislation passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate could reach Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature by Tuesday. Leave a comment or upload a photo if you participate in related demonstrations!

Demonstrators took to the Capitol steps Monday in Lansing to sound off on right-to-work legislation that is poised to become law after Gov. Rick Snyder did an abrupt about-face on the issue last week and a series of related bills passed in the House and Senate.

Larger protests are expected Tuesday when the legislation could reach Snyder's desk for his signature. Patch will be live-blogging from Lansing as the situation develops.

[Are you participating in the demonstrations? Leave a comment, upload a photo or email Macomb Patch editor Jenny Whalen!]

Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how lawmakers who represent Macomb Township voted.

House Bill 4054

The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state was passed 58 to 52 in the House on Dec. 6, according to michiganvotes.org. The bill would prohibit unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a term of employment. It also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof," michiganvotes.org reports. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, representing the 24th District, including Macomb Township: Voted no
  • Rep. Ken Goike, R-Ray Township, representing the 33rd District, including Macomb Township: Voted no

Senate Bill 116

The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state was passed 22 to 16 in the Senate on Dec. 6, according to michiganvotes.org. The bill would prohibit unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a term of employment. It also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "referendum-proof," michiganvotes.org reports. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, representing the 11th District, including Macomb Township: Voted yes

House Bill 4003

The legislation that would extend right-to-work regulations to government and school employees passed 22 to 4 in the Senate on Dec. 6. It passed 63 to 46 in the House on June 8, 2011, according to michiganvotes.org. (Visit legislature.mi.gov to download the full bill.)

  • Rep. Ken Goike, R-Ray Township, representing the 33rd District, including Macomb Township: Voted yes (in 2011)
  • Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, representing the 24th District, including Macomb Township: Voted yes (in 2011)
  • Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, representing the 11th District, including Macomb Township: Voted yes (in 2012)

Senate Democrats, who walked out of the Capitol on Thursday in a show of protest after all 21 of their proposed amendments to the bill were defeated, did not vote on the legislation.

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