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Lawmakers Tie Up Lose Ends On Bills Before Year Ends

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - It was a busy day at the Capitol, as multiple bills were discussed.

Medical Marijuana

Lawmakers also voted to let local governments decide to allow or prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries in their communities. The House also passed bills to allow medical marijuana patients to use non-smokeable forms of marijuana, which could see some forms of the drug on pharmacy shelves if the federal government allows. The bills now head to the Senate for consideration next year.

Donors and Campaign Finance

The House voted to keep rules intact so donors behind certain election advertisements can stay anonymous. Michigan lawmakers also approved bills to double the maximum contributions to political candidates and block a plan to require disclosure of donors to certain kinds of election ads.

"We need less money in politics not more money and we need more disclosure and transparency not less," said Rep. Tim Greimel.

Human Trafficking

A bill passed by the Senate would eliminate the statue of limitations for human trafficking offenses. Another bill would allow human trafficking victims who are prosecuted for prostitution to use their experiences as a defense in trial. A third measure allows for victims to have a hearing with a judge to clear prostitution convictions if they were a result of trafficking. The bills now move to the House.

Epinephrine Auto-Injector (EpiPens)

The Michigan Senate has approved two bills that would require schools to have two EpiPens to treat emergency allergenic symptoms. It also requires schools to train at least one staff member on how to use the pens. The House approved the bill almost unanimously earlier this year. The bill now goes to Snyer for his signature.

Effect on Premiums

Republicans voted and approved a measure that requires Michigan insurers to give yearly estimates of how the Affordable Care Act impacts customers' premiums. Democrats call the bill a political ploy, but the Republican lead House passed the bill 67 to 42. The vote now heads to the Senate.

Abortion

On Wednesday, the House and Senate approved a law banning almost all abortion coverage from health insurance plans unless an additional policy is bought.

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Gov. Rick Snyder commented, looking back on 2013, "this was a good year if you look at it. We've accomplished a lot and if you look at it over the last three years, I think it will be up there near the top in history for how much has been accomplished."

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