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Michigan News And Capitol Report, Week Ending Fri., Sept. 23, 2016

Gov, Legislature On Collision Course Over HICA

The Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA), a fee designed to draw down $600 million in federal Medicaid money, would go away and be replaced by a creative tax shift starting Jan. 1, 2019, under legislation the House passed Thursday along mostly party lines.   In passing the four-bill package without major changes, the Legislature is charting a collision course with Gov. Rick SNYDER and the Budget Office, which opposes pitching HICA until at least 2020, when it's more clear whether the federal government will sign off on the replacement.
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Tesla Files Suit To Get Dealership In Michigan

California-based luxury electric carmaker Tesla pledged to file a federal suit Thursday to strike down the law in Michigan that bars it from selling cars through a company-owned store after attempts to change Michigan law this session were foiled.  The suit comes days after the automaker was rejected a dealer license by a Secretary of State administrative law judge, who cited the Michigan vehicle code's requirement that there be a business separation between automaker and auto dealer.
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Bill Letting More Gas Stations Sell Beer, Wine Blows Tire In Committee

Legislation allowing more gas stations to sell beer and wine stalled in a House committee Wednesday after the panel tacked on an amendment that supporters believe essentially gutted the bill.
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Legalized Pot Shops Bills Signed Into Law

For the first time since voters said "yes" to medical marijuana in 2008, the state will be legalized freestanding shops where the product can be sold, under legislation Gov. Rick SNYDER signed into law Wednesday.
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MIRS Monday Podcast

Why is T.J. Bucholz of Vanguard Public Affairs having a hard time calling the event between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a "debate?" Is this presidential election good for the country? And why are some not trusting the polls? Bucholz and Tom Shields, president of the Marketing Resource Group answers these and other questions.
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