According to one Michigan reporter:
A bunch of Republican heavyweights, mostly business types from the west side of the state, are fiercely lobbying legislators to take quick advantage of big GOP majorities in both the House and Senate and pass it once and for all.A former state representative and spokesman for an anti-union group pushing the law recently said that:
Other Republican lawmakers—those who have to face future elections—are squirming. If they vote “yes,” they most certainly will be the objects of fierce opposition from Democrats and their allies in organized labor come election time. If they vote "no," they almost certainly will face opposition in primary elections in 2014.
"In my opinion, we have the votes in the House. I believe we have the votes in the Senate, with the exception of Randy Richardville."Elsewhere, Richardville, a Republican, has been quoted describing this as the "800-pound gorilla" of the lame duck.
Richardville, of Monroe, the Senate majority leader, has opposed taking up the legislation, saying it's too divisive and would have little effect on job growth because less than 20 percent of the state's workers are unionized.
(Via Working America)