Officials with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan say the state legislature must pass bills to overhaul the health insurer by the end of the year. Under the measures, Blue Cross would become a customer-owned non-profit, and would have to pay state and local taxes.
After all the votes have been counted in the general election, there’s still another round of elections this week. The legislature will choose its leaders for the coming session on Thursday. News services say the race for state House democratic leader is pretty well decided.
Michigan Democrats have not been able to prove House Speaker Jase Bolger and Representative Roy Schmidt broke the law in a party-switch scandal this year. That’s according to the state Bureau of Elections.
Some Michigan lawmakers hope to restore a program that would put young adults to work on public works projects, but without costing taxpayers any money. The state Senate recently approved legislation to resurrect the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps.
Interest groups are spending unprecedented amounts of money on TV ads supporting or opposing initiatives to amend the state constitution. That’s according to a report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.
A Senate panel has begun hearing arguments on a bill to fix the way Michigan counties provide defense attorneys to the poor. The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’s still skeptical about the legislation.
Early data suggest the state may not be causing a big jump in the number of biker deaths since the Legislature repealed a law requiring them to wear helmets. The group American Bikers Aiming Toward Education – or ABATE – released those numbers this week.
However, state officials say it’s too early to come to any conclusions.