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Sun Sep 4, 2016, 07:32 AM

Energy, auto no-fault, FOIA top priorities as lawmakers return to Lansing

LANSING, MI -- There's one missing check mark on the list of major legislation Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof set out to pass this year, and it's for energy reform. Going into fall, it's his top priority.

"Energy reform is a complex issue that impacts every citizen in Michigan. For the average person, energy boils down to cost and reliability. 'How will changes to energy policy affect my utility bill and will the lights come on when I flip the switch?'" Meekhof wrote in response to an inquiry from MLive.

The House and Senate are each considering different versions of changes to the state's energy laws. Each set of bills has been vetted by the relevant committee, but has not passed the full chamber.

The two men leading the way are Senate Energy and Technology Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek; and House Energy Policy Committee Chairman Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton. Gideon D'Assandro, spokesman for House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, said the two energy chairs had made progress through meetings this summer.

Read more: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/09/energy_auto_no-fault_foia_top.html

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