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Mon Sep 12, 2016, 06:25 AM

Lawmakers return after long summer break, introduce nearly 100 bills

LANSING After being away from Lansing for most of the summer, lawmakers returned last week and got right to work by introducing nearly 100 bills including two that already have been vetoed once by Gov. Rick Snyder.

A bill that would eliminate the requirement that cities and villages pay for a portion of road repairs on state highways passed nearly unanimously in the Legislature earlier this year. But Snyder vetoed it because he said he felt it would create a patchwork of funding mechanisms for road repairs in the state.

State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, reintroduced the bill last week in the hopes that a compromise could be reached, relieving some 45 communities in the state of big price tags for road repairs. Cities, especially in Oakland County where a giant $1-billion project on I-75 is under way, are facing bills of up to $9 million to help pay for a project that they don't necessarily support.

State Rep. Pete Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, also reintroduced a bill vetoed by Snyder that would limit the use of aftermarket auto parts that aren't made by the original car maker.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/11/lawmakers-return-after-long-summer-break-introduce-nearly-100-bills/90145266/

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