Republican Leader Calls for Shared Power

Jan 12, 2024

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

House Republican Leader Matt Hall (R-Kalamazoo) introduced a resolution calling for a power-sharing agreement between the Republican and Democratic caucuses. Currently, the Democratic caucus, led by Speaker Joe Tate (D-Detroit), is in charge of the chamber.

Key Points:

    • Following the resignation of two former Democratic legislators in November, the House is evenly split 54-54 between the two parties.
    • Special elections will be held in the coming months and the Democratic Party is expected to hold onto the seats. That will bring the partisan split back to 56-54.
    • Proposed House Resolution 171 requires the House of Representatives to approve a power-sharing agreement whenever the House has an equal number of Democratic and Republican members during the 102nd
    • The resolution was introduced on Wednesday, the first session day of the year, but they did not vote on it.
    • As the House rules currently stand, there would only be a power-sharing agreement if there is an even split between the two parties and the House is at its full 110 members elected and serving.

Next Steps:

    • The resolution remains before the House for consideration and a vote is not expected.

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