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Senate unlikely to find time for auto no-fault changes

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Plans to change Michigan’s auto no-fault law will likely not make it to the governor’s desk this year. Lawmakers in the state House have been considering taking up the issue – and they still might. But with only days left in this session, the Senate is unlikely to follow suit.

Amber McCann is a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof.

She says, “It’s…not popping on his radar, I guess is the best way to put it right now. We have some other things that are in the queue above that topic. Not that it’s not a worthwhile one.”

McCann says Meekhof hasn’t been involved in the current effort, so it would be a heavy lift to rally the necessary votes. Michigan has some of the highest auto no-fault rates in the nation. Lawmakers have tried for years to craft a plan to lower rates that can get the necessary votes.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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