In the last few weeks, things have gotten pretty sour in Lansing. With all three ballot proposals passing and Democrats winning the secretary of state, attorney general, and governor’s offices, Republicans are going out of their way to make the transition of power as unpleasant as possible.
House Republicans already used the lame duck session to gut $12 minimum wage and paid sick leave laws, and are fast-tracking new laws that would usurp power from the incoming attorney general and secretary of state. Another proposed law would create a shadow Republican-led education board.
Now, legislators are now moving on another unpopular bill.
Bridge Magazine reports Hank Vaupel (R-Fowlerville) sponsored a bill that would bar communities from setting their own rules on how pets are sold, giving that authority to the state instead.
Republicans argue that this bill favors small businesses — pet stores, Vaupel says, are hurting and should be allowed to sell dogs from licensed breeders.
Democrats and the Humane Society fundamentally disagree. A Humane Society rep claims federal regulatory agencies, like the USDA, already abdicate their responsibility for protecting puppies. If local communities can't regulate dogs from puppy mills, the Humane Society says, then there is nothing keeping puppies safe.
prevent any future laws to address this issue. If the bill becomes law we will be taking a huge step
Sam Corey is a Metro Times fall editorial intern.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.