The lame duck session in Lansing has lawmakers scurrying to advance various measures before the term ends and members retreat for the holidays.

Rep. Dave Maturen (R-Brady Township) expects the Michigan House of Representatives to take up the Senate energy bills sometime in early to mid-December, before session ends. The full House is expected to review Senate bills 437 and 438, which address the state's future energy needs and its ability to meet future demand. Maturen serves on the House Committee on Energy Policy.

Two other bills sponsored by Maturen are advancing as well. House Bill 5748 was approved recently, which expands investment options for the Children with Special Needs (CSN) Fund.  Maturen's office describes it as a fund which helps families who have children with health issues make purchases like wheelchair ramps, van lifts and therapeutic tricycles.

Another of Maturen's bills, House Bill 5855, addresses Tax Increment Finance Authorities (TIFAs) and their transparency and relationship to future millages. HB 5855 was part of a larger bill package also approved by the House recently.

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