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Mon December 12, 2011
A few controversial issues still hanging around Capitol for 2011
By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI –
A fight could be brewing at the state Capitol over funding an exchange that would allow people and businesses to comparison-shop for health insurance. The state is supposed to create the exchange as part of the new federal health care reform requirements. Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber has more.
Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol have debated whether funding the health insurance exchange would be showing support for the new federal health care law.
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says it's one of the handful of pressing questions that should be settled this week before the Legislature begins a month-long winter break. He says there are other issues that can wait.
"We want to have a docket ready to go come January, and we want to use that month of January a little more effectively than in the past," he says.
The Legislature is also still debating whether to allow more K-12 charter schools, and whether to overhaul the state's workers compensation rules.
And a lingering question remains whether the state House will vote to dramatically alter Michigan's no-fault insurance laws.