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House Votes To Move State Suits To Appeals Court

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A divided Michigan House has voted to change which judges hear lawsuits filed against the state despite allegations of Republican court packing.

The fast-tracked legislation approved 57-52 along party lines Wednesday would immediately move cases from the Ingham County Circuit Court to the state appeals court. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder supports the bill and is expected to sign it soon since it has passed the House and Senate.

Republicans say voters in one county shouldn't be able to elect judges who hear cases with effects across Michigan. Democrats say it's a political move because Ingham judges have been overturning laws approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and Snyder.

Higher courts with conservative judges have tended to reverse those rulings in favor of the state.

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