LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan
Gov. Rick Snyder has been busy working his way through the 282 bills passed by the Legislature during the final weeks of the 2012 session.
The governor's office said he
signed 53 bills on Friday and vetoed four. He has acted on a total of 186 bills and 95 are pending review.
Snyder's actions included
signing abortion regulations that supporters say protect women but opponents consider an assault on the right to terminate pregnancy. He vetoed legislation he originally sought to overhaul
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan because he objected to provisions preventing businesses from providing elective abortion coverage in employee health plans.
Snyder also authorized the
first revisions of Michigan's voter-approved medical marijuana law as well as legislation
protecting online passwords of job applicants and employees.
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Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.