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Court intervention legislation passes Senate committee

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A state House bill that would allow the Legislature to intervene in court cases was passed by a Senate committee Tuesday.

Critics say the goal of the bills is to strip power from the newly elected Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel.

But the bill’s sponsor, Representative Rob Verhuelen (R-Walker), denies that. He says the original bill didn’t even mention the attorney general.

“The purpose of the bill is to provide a tool for the Legislature, irrespective of which party may control the House or the Senate or the governor's office or the attorney general's office,” says Verhuelen.

The amended version narrows the scope of when the Legislature can intervene and states the bill will not limit the powers or duties given to the attorney general by law. The new version of the bill will now move to the Senate floor.

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