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Michigan lawmakers stay busy despite "lame duck" session

Nov 12, 2012

Lawmakers in Lansing say they want to tackle some high-profile bills before this session wraps up at the end of the year.

The state House is set to hold its first hearing tomorrow on a proposed overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

The measure would turn the state’s largest health insurer into a customer-owned non-profit and end its tax-exempt status.

House Insurance Committee Chair Pete Lund expects the chamber to pass some version of the bill before the end of the year.

“There is a lot to do, but we’ve been looking at it for a while. And the committee members know that they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them. And I think we can get something done,” Lund said.

The state Senate passed the legislation last month.

Nothing is certain, but other items on the “lame duck” agenda could include a repeal of the personal property tax on businesses, legislation to fund roads projects, and a bill to replace the emergency manager law that voters rejected in last week’s election.