Mich. lawmakers take up busy agenda before summer - WNEM TV 5

Mich. lawmakers take up busy agenda before summer

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Michigan lawmakers have a lot on their plate before breaking for the summer at week's end.

Bills to expand Medicaid, allow for the dissolution of deficit-ridden school districts and improve legal aid for criminal defendants are on the agenda.

So is legislation to raise hunting and fishing license fees, change home foreclosure rules and add up to $1 surcharge on electric bills to help poor customers with their heating bills.

The Republican-led Senate could take a big vote on Medicaid expansion as early as Tuesday. The House last week voted to expand the government health insurance program to 320,000 adults in 2014.

Medicaid expansion is an option under the federal health care law. Gov. Rick Snyder is pushing expansion despite opposition from conservative and tea party groups.

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