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Politics & Government
Sun December 22, 2013
New Michigan laws of 2013 led by Medicaid expansion
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder and legislators have enacted more than 200 new laws in 2013, with roughly 70 more awaiting the governor's signature after a final burst of voting.
The year's top laws include a landmark expansion of government-funded medical coverage to hundreds of thousands more low-income adults and restrictions on insurance coverage of abortions.
Lawmakers also increased spending to send more disadvantaged 4-year-olds to preschool and approved a one-time increase in road funding while ignoring Snyder's request for a permanent increase in gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees.
Other highlights include cutting taxes on the purchase of a car when trading in a vehicle, a boost in hunting and fishing license fees and a decision to process thousands of untested rape-evidence boxes discovered in Detroit's crime lab five years ago.