Snyder signs several bills into law
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:50:37 GMT —
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation continuing a 1 percent tax on health insurance claims that help pay for medical insurance for 1.9 million low-income residents.
The tax was due to expire at year's end. The measure signed Tuesday extends collection of the tax through 2017.
The law doesn't address the problem that the tax is bringing in $130 million a year less than expected. If legislators don't find a long-term fix, Michigan could lose $400 million federal Medicaid match.
Snyder also has signed legislation letting judges assign GPS tethering devices to defendants on bail for assaultive crimes. Other new laws target liquor or Lottery sales licenses of stores engaged in food stamp fraud and assign duties of local election canvassing boards to county canvassing boards.