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Divided We Stand

Apr 10, 2019

After the November election, many pundits wrote story after story about the downfalls of divided government.  Currently, our national politics is the posterchild of how divided government can go wrong and that gave us little hope here in Michigan about what to expect heading into a divided state government.  With the Democratic governor looking to […]

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Senate Announces Committee Membership

Jan 18, 2019

Last Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) announced committee membership for the 2019-2020 legislative term. Standing Committees: Advice and Consent—Senator Lucido (Chair), Senator LaSata (Vice Chair), Senator Nesbitt, Senator McBroom, Senator Hertel Agriculture–Senator Daley (Chair), Senator Victory (Vice Chair), Senator Lauwers, Senator Ananich (Minority Vice Chair), Senator […]

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Senate Majority Leader Announces Committee Chairs

Jan 04, 2019

This week, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) announced committee chairs and appropriations subcommittee chairs. This year there is a new committee devoted to advice and consent of gubernatorial appointments, in addition to a few changes of previous committees, such as the Education Committee will now also work on career readiness. Standing Committee Chairs Advice […]

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Legislature to Kick Off the New Year on January 9

Dec 21, 2018

On January 9th at noon, the Michigan House of Representatives will hold their first session day for the 2019-2020 legislative term. Recently, Majority Floor Leader-elect Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) released the session schedule for the full upcoming year. The House is scheduled to hold their typical Tuesday – Thursday session schedule except for the month of July and August, where they will hold one day each month. Additionally, there […]

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Quack, Quack Goes the Duck

Dec 19, 2018

While the holiday season spurs voices of “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” many around the state capitol are lamenting, “it’s the most chaotic and unpredictable time of the year.”  The Michigan legislature is in the throes of its bi-annual lame-duck session. With Michigan’s Governor’s office flipping control to the Democrats and the […]

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Lansing Gears Up for a Busy Lame Duck

Nov 16, 2018

When the legislature heads back to Lansing it will have a full agenda of priorities to accomplish prior to the end of the 2017-2018 legislative term. Additionally, the Republicans will want to check certain items off their lists while there is still a Republican governor. “Known as lame duck, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas […]

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Who Are the 2019-2020 Legislative Leaders?

Nov 16, 2018

Last week the House and Senate elected their leadership teams for the upcoming 2019-2020 legislative session. The four top leaders (Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader, and Senate Minority Leader) play a critical role in shaping policy for the state. They work together, along with the governor, to move forward with […]

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Senate Elects Leadership Team

Nov 08, 2018

Today, the Senate Republican and Democratic caucuses elected their leadership teams for the new term beginning January 1, 2019. While these will be new roles for most of the members, several have previously served in leadership positions. Additionally, Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) was reelected by his colleagues to continue serving as Senate Minority Leader. Beginning […]

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