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Energy legislation appears to be in reach on final day

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Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov) Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov)
LANSING, MI (AP) -

Gov. Rick Snyder has emerged from a lengthy middle-of-the-night meeting at which he pushed Republican lawmakers to overhaul Michigan's energy laws.

The governor met with the House GOP at the Capitol for more than an hour early Thursday. While leaving the legislative chamber after 5 a.m., he told reporters "we're still working."

The House is in the midst of a marathon session that has stretched for more than 19 hours. Members will return in the afternoon for potential votes.

A conceptual deal between electric utilities and their competitors is signaling that lawmakers are close to rewriting 2008 energy laws. They govern the regulation of power providers, require minimum amounts of renewable sources of electricity and set efficiency benchmarks.

Thursday is the last day of the two-year term.

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