Auto insurance legislation advancing in Michigan’s GOP-controlled Legislature has been changed to require a $100 cut in premiums initially.
Michigan would no longer hold elections in February under legislation moving forward in Lansing.
The fight for House control in the Nov. 4 election will determine the ease or difficulty with which Republican Gov. Rick Snyder or Democratic challenger Mark Schauer can enact his agenda in the next Legislature.
If approved, it would nullify citizen referendums on the issue scheduled for the November election.
A House panel is supporting legislation to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour after the Senate passed a $9.20 per hour plan.
The bill approved Thursday comes in response to a backlog of roughly 11,000 rape kits discovered in Detroit in 2009.
Supporters of the bill say that the DIA is getting enough money in the “Grand Bargain.”
A divided Michigan House approved a mid-year spending bill Tuesday with more money for road maintenance because of the severe winter and to account for a delay in the expansion of Medicaid.
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The Senate’s first action is expected to be approving a resolution commemorating the 25th anniversary of the North American International Auto Show.