State legislature has busy agenda before summer break
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:52:20 GMT —
The Michigan Legislature will be breaking for the summer at the end of this week. But before they begin their break, they have to make decisions on several bills.
Bills to expand Medicaid, allow for the dissolution of deficit-ridden school districts and improve legal aid for criminal defendants are all on the agenda.
Also up for decision is a bill to raise hunting and fishing license fees, change home foreclosure rules and add up to a $1 surcharge on electric bills to help poor customers with heating bills.
The Republican-controlled Senate may be voting on a possible Medicaid expansion as early as Tuesday. The House has already approved the expansion that would cover 320,000 adults in 2014.
The expansion is an option under Pres. Obama's new Affordable Care Act. Gov. Snyder is pushing for the expansion despite opposition from conservative and tea party groups.