State Legislature starts clock on abortion, Medicaid, and other bills taking effect

The state Legislature officially ended its 2013 session Friday after taking its last votes of the year Thursday night. That means some major laws passed this year will take effect in 90 days.

Those include legislation expanding Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders, and a new law banning abortion coverage in standard health plans.

“The session has ended for the year, but the work certainly has not finished,” said Ari Adler, a spokesperson for state House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall). “We still have a lot of work to do to educate citizens on what is it that we did, to let them know what is going to be happening with laws that will be taking effect.”

Friday’s adjournment also means groups hoping to repeal any new laws have 90 days to collect enough signatures to put referendums on the 2014 ballot.

Organizations have already shown interest in repealing the new abortion insurance law and one that led to the state’s first wolf hunt in recent history.

Adler says lawmakers will spend much of the next 90 days explaining to the public why they passed those bills.

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