Some legislation, including tax-related bills and a measure targeting laser pointers at Detroit’s airport, was sent to the Republican governor. Many other bills — including some related to Flint’s water crisis — will next be considered in the House, which will not return to session until Nov. 9 because most members are running for re-election.

Legislation not enacted this year will die and have to be reintroduced in the next two-year session that begins in January.

Another step came Thursday in the state’s long-running dispute with the U.S. government over taxes that help pay for Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that provides health insurance for low-income residents. Senators voted overwhelmingly to continue a 6 percent “use” tax on Medicaid managed care organizations, more quickly end a broader health insurance tax that the business lobby dislikes and change the pot of state money that is used to draw federal matching dollars.

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State Senate OKs Medicaid tax plan, flurry of other bills