Apr 14, 2008

Michigan Legislature gets back to work following spring break vacation

LANSING -- The Michigan Senate will reconvene Tuesday following its two-week spring break, and it will mark the first time both the House and Senate have been in session at the same time since March 20.

The House took its two-week break following the House session on March 20 and it returned to session last week, but the Senate began its break a week later than the House, leaving for its two-week vacation on March 27.

Like the House last week, most of the work upon returning will be in committee. The Senate Health Policy Committee will begin holding the first in a series of hearings on the package of bills aimed at reforming health coverage known collectively as the Individual Market Reform package, House Bills 5282-5285, leading up to an expected vote on April 30. Just before the Senate adjourned for two weeks, the chair of the committee - Sen. Tom George, R-Kalamazoo - introduced substitutes to the bills already passed by the House.

Subscription only Gongwer news service is reporting the package of bills on renewable energy - SB 1126, SB 1128 -1130 and SB 1132 – is expected to move on the Senate floor this week.

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