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Lots of new laws become law in Michigan


LANSING (WKZO) -- Roughly 60 Michigan laws went into effect on Thursday, some you have heard a lot about but most, not so much.

The most controversial and divisive has been the Right to Work law, which was pushed through without committee hearings during lame duck, and after the Governor had specifically said he didn’t want to deal with the fall out, and then changed his mind.

UAW President Bob King says they plan to make him pay at the ballot box for that betrayal.

A survey conducted by Michigan State University shows the Michigan public is about evenly split on the issue of Right to work with about 43% of the public saying it will improve the economy and 41% saying it will hurt the economy and the rest saying it won’t make any difference.Pollster Charles Ballard says that means it will likely be in play during the next round of state elections.

Other pollsters say the Governor’s changed position on the issue has resulted in a significant drop in his approval rating in several polls.

Also taking effect, the new EM Law, which was passed during lame duck, just weeks after the state’s voters tossed out the previous EM law.

A law sponsored by Tonya Schuitmaker that would require that criminal suspects in major crimes always be questioned on audio or video tape.

Another law bans insurance companies from using your credit rating to set your insurance rates or deny your policy.

Bill Ballenger, publisher of the Capitol newsletter Inside Michigan Politics, says this could be an all-time record for bills passed during lame duck. ‘