As the courts have become increasingly political, we cannot always rely on them to advance or protect our civil liberties. Therefore, the role of our legislative program has become even more vital. A strong presence in Lansing enables us to stop or amend laws and policies hostile to civil liberties before it becomes necessary to convince a court to rule a statute unconstitutional.

Our legislative director lobbies the legislature, analyzes proposed legislation, drafts and presents testimony, contacts legislative offices, and stimulates grassroots contact with legislators. Among many other civil liberties issues, the legislative program’s priorities are privacy, reproductive rights, religious liberty and belief, free speech, equal protection and anti-discrimination, and criminal justice.

Current Legislation Watchlist

Drug Law Reform

Due Process


Employment Discrimination

First Amendment


LGBT Equality


Privacy and Technology

Reproductive Rights

Voting Rights

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