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Michigan Legislature holds rare Friday session to negotiate auto insurance changes

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Michigan lawmakers are holding a rare Friday session to try to cut a deal to change the state’s no-fault auto insurance.";

The Michigan Legislature is holding a rare Friday session as negotiators make progress on a deal for changes to the state's auto insurance laws.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders have been trying to cut a deal in closed door talks.   

A Republican Senate caucus spokeswoman says progress is “progressing."

What exactly is on the table is not being discussed.

The chances of changes to no-fault insurance looked dimmed earlier this month as Gov. Whitmer threatened to veto plans passed by Republican lawmakers.

Under the current law Michigan motorists must buy insurance providing lifetime medical benefits. 

Critics say the lifetime benefits make Michigan’s auto insurance rates among the highest in the nation.

Supporters say the benefits insure seriously injured motorists get the care they need.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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