- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - It’s the last chance for Michigan lawmakers to begin approving new bills and have any hope of seeing them signed into law this year.

Under the state constitution, all legislation passed for the first time by the House or Senate can’t be voted on by the other chamber for five days. That means Thursday is pivotal because the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn next week.

Bills not passed initially Thursday must be reintroduced in the next two-year session.

It’s a day the Republican-led Legislature could effectively decide the fate of a number of contentious bills. They cover issues such as auto title loans, coerced abortions, barring local governments from demanding that developers meet wage and hiring thresholds, and forcing online retailers to collect Michigan’s 6 percent sales tax.

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