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      Medicaid vote complicated by Capitol renovations

      State Capitol, Lansing, Mich.

      If Gov. Rick Snyder persuades the Michigan Senate to vote soon on Medicaid expansion, senators may have to vote somewhere else.

      The Senate and House chambers in Lansing are likely out of commission for 2 months to get new carpet and technology upgrades.

      After lawmakers adjourned a week ago, crews immediately removed their desks and ripped out Victorian-era replica carpet that was at least 20 years old and held together in places with duct tape.

      Backup plans are in the works in case Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville holds a vote on Medicaid expansion before Aug. 27. That's when lawmakers are expected to be back to conduct official business.

      Senators could meet across the street in a legislative committee room. Snyder is asking the Senate to vote within weeks.