LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - The battle over Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan continues, with Republicans and Republicans unable to agree.
Most Michigan senators were in session in Lansing Wednesday, but they were in session in a chamber with no desks, no carpet and no agenda.
The scheduled session date was not supposed to have any significant votes and it did not. The only thing decided was to change the session dates for the rest of the summer.
More Republicans showed up than normal on a day when there was no planned action, presumably to counter an almost complete contingent of Democrats.
No one really expected a vote on Medicaid expansion, but there was plenty of conversation.
In a hearing first thing Wednesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) laid out the plan for considering Medicaid expansion this summer. That wasn't good enough for Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-Lansing).
Despite having no scheduled votes, meetings moved to the Senate chamber, which is undergoing renovations including new $400,000 in new carpeting that left the senators without desks or chairs.
Meanwhile Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley spoke to business leaders about expanding Medicaid.
The governor and the Senate majority leader have been sniping for about two weeks about the vote on Medicaid, which Snyder had wanted to happen before summer recess.
Snyder would still like to see a vote sooner rather than later, and the Richardville continues to say that body will take its time.
The work group that Richardville set up will meet a couple of times a week before the next meeting of the committee in two weeks.
Sources told 24 Hour News 8 an early vote by the full Senate is still unlikely until late August or early September.
Watch 24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin's complete report above.
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