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Legislature Moving On After No-Fault Debacle


The Legislature returns to the state Capitol Tuesday. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, this will be the first time lawmakers will convene since the collapse last week of an effort to overhaul the state’s auto no-fault insurance law. 

The state House was intently focusesd on the effort to bring down insurance rates by allowing consumers to choose limited medical benefits. But the effort went down in overwhelming defeat.

House Speaker Tom Leonard backed the plan. He says the issue’s not dead, but he’s got other priorities.

“It has sucked a lot of oxygen out of the room, so certainly I’m ready to move on to other things.” Says Leonard.

Those include improving mental health services, local government pensions, and getting more high school students interested in skilled trades.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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