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Michigan Legislature cancels sessions ahead of armed protests at Capitol

January 15, 2021, 3:39 PM

Rep. Jason Wentworth, left, and Sen. Mike Shirkey


Michigan legislative leaders have called off sessions for next week amid what they call "credible threats" regarding armed protests planned for all 50 state capitals.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Jason Wentworth, both Republicans, cited concerns from Michigan State Police and the House and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms in issuing their decision:

With no votes on the calendar, we have decided afternoon abundance of caution by not holding session in either the house or the Senate on January 19-21. We hope everyone stays safe and respects the peaceful transition of power. 

As we have said before, the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week was a terrible moment in our country. We must be better than this as a nation and that begins with what will hopefully remain peaceful protests in in demonstrations in Washington DC, Lansing, the country.

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