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Who won, lost in 1st quarter of Michigan legislative session

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Who won, lost in 1st quarter of Michigan legislative session

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The first quarter of the two-year legislative session was dominated by Michigan voters’ rejection of a road-funding proposal and passage of a state budget.

But lawmakers also tackled other issues.

Winners include faith-based adoption agencies that won a law letting them decline referrals for religious reasons, despite criticism that it’s discriminatory. Others scoring victories are advocates for giving 21- to 23-year-old criminal offenders a second chance.

Losers include drivers who still have deteriorating roads unless a long-term funding fix is enacted.

Gov. Rick Snyder appears likely to sign legislation prohibiting municipalities from requiring businesses to pay higher wages or provide paid sick days.

Michigan’s movie-making incentives appear to be ending. Veterans attending college may be eligible to receive academic credits for some of their military experience under a new law.

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