Hundreds of people showed up at the Capitol this week to speak for or against a proposal that would dramatically alter Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law.
The overwhelming majority of the people were in favor of keeping the state’s lifetime medical coverage for injured people.
If the law is passed, and people don’t like it, the Michigan Constitution allows voters to challenge it with a referendum, but the Republican sponsors have found a way around that.
At the end of the 42-page bill that would require drivers to choose the level of auto insurance coverage they want, and end guaranteed lifetime medical coverage, there is an appropriation of $50,000.
The stated purpose of the $50,000 appropriation is to help implement the change in law.
Republican state Representative Pete Lund said the money is needed for a report and study on the effects of the law.
The framers of the Michigan Constitution wrote that any law that appropriates money is referendum proof, and they did that to ensure that the full faith and credit of the state is not jeopardized.