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Michigan is a state in the United States of America.

Rick Snyder is the Governor of Michigan.

Right-to-Work Law

Michigan is poised to pass a landmark right-to-work law in December 2012. Union Activists are protesting the law and many of them plan to stage demonstrations on December 12, 2012 at Lansing. The activists will also try to block the vote. They believe that the right-to-work laws will deny union organizing rights or ban collective bargaining.

The right-to-work law empowers individual workers. It merely lets individual workers choose for themselves if they want to join a union. The laws prevent closed union shops, which coerce individual workers to join unions and to pay union dues.

Both houses of the Michigan legislature passed right-to-work bills in the first week of December 2012, the House for private workers and the Senate for both private and public workers (except for firemen and police). Governor Snyder says he'll sign the law once the versions are reconciled.

Handguns

In June 2012, the Michigan House has voted for a bill to repeal a requirement to undergo a criminal background check before buying a handgun.

The Michigan Senate, on 12 December 2012, rejected a proposal to let people buy handguns through private sales without undergoing criminal background checks. The proposal is backed by the National Rifle Association. Rejecting the proposal, the Senate voted 27-11 for a substitute proposal that makes it easier for people to apply for gun permits but with background checks.

Despite the defeat of the bill, NRA vowed to fight to repeal Michigan's background check requirement to purchase handguns.

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