Michigan Legislature cancels sessions next week over protest security concerns

Michigan Legislature
Posted at 2:24 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 14:24:09-05

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Legislature has canceled sessions next week over security concerns regarding possible protests in the wake of the U.S. Capitol riots.


Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth released a statement about the updated schedule:

“The Michigan State Police, as well as House and Senate sergeants at arms, have expressed concern over credible threats regarding events scheduled to take place at and around the state Capitol next week. With no votes scheduled on the calendar, we have decided to act in an 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, and we hope legislators and staff at the Capitol take time to thank the team of police officers and sergeants who work together to keep us all safe.

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