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Movement of auto insurance legislation provides a lame duck surprise

Dec 14, 2016

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

With only two days left on the schedule, Republican leaders have added a surprise piece of legislation to their to-do list.

Some major changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance could be voted on before the end of the session if Republican leaders have their way.

Republican leaders have restarted discussions on legislation to limit benefits under Michigan’s no fault law. The legislation would scale back the medical benefits provided to those who suffer catastrophic injuries in automobile wrecks.

Senate majority leader Arlan Meekhof says the current draft of the legislation is scaled back from earlier versions.

“It impacts all of us because we’re one of the few states left with the no-fault thing and we want to be able to say that we still have the full protection but yet we’re doing our best to control the costs,” he said.

The legislation hasn’t seen significant movement in the chambers since April of 2015.