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Legislature has to-do list waiting after summer break

The Legislature took care of a financial bailout of the Detroit Public Schools this week and took off for its summer recess.

There are still issues waiting to be resolved when the Legislature returns in September.

One of them is an overhaul of Michigan energy policy to help decide how to provide heat and electricity as utilities shut down coal plants.

There are big disagreements about how to promote the use of renewable energy, and about controls on alternative suppliers that compete with existing utilities.

Senate energy committee chairman Mike Nofs says finding a consensus has been tough.

“You’re not going to get everybody. You know that in this town here Not everybody’s going to be on board…”

Also waiting for the Legislature this fall, the question of how to handle the growing number of medical marijuana clinics in Michigan, and corrections reforms.

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