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Michigan's 100th Legislature Kicks Off 2-Year Term

Michigan's 100th Legislature Kicks Off 2-Year Term

Created: January 09, 2019 06:12 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's 100th Legislature has begun its two-year session.

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Republicans opened the term Wednesday with smaller majorities in both chambers following the November election. They will have to contend with a Democratic governor for the first time since 2009-10, the last time Michigan had a divided government.

Legislative work is unlikely to progress much until Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her first State of the State address on Feb. 5 and proposes her first budget in early March. There are also a lot of new lawmakers who need to learn the ropes.

A record number of women, 53, are serving in the Legislature.

Legislators' families joined them in the House and Senate during ceremonial swearing-in events. The House was set to officially elect Rep. Lee Chatfield as speaker.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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