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Female genital mutilation would be a 15-year state felony under a legislative package on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Competing bill packages from House and Senate lawmakers would make cutting girls' genitalia a state felony and drew wide support from both Democrats and Republicans as they scrambled to back it following news of the nation's first-ever federal genital mutilation charges involving three Metro Detroit doctors last month.

It had been unclear which of the separate plans might go forward first. But that uncertainty ended Thursday, when the House gave final approval to the Senate plan.


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