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From our State Capitol in Lansing to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, WKAR is committed to explaining how the actions of lawmakers are affecting Michiganders. Political and government reporter Abigail Censky leads this section. There are also stories from Capitol correspondents Cheyna Roth, Rick Pluta and the Associated Press. As the 2020 presidential race begins, look here for reports on the role Michigan will play in electing or re-electing the president.

State Senate Satisfied With Gov. Whitmer's Post Picks... For Now

Gretchen Whitmer, inauguration
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) Michigan delivers inauguration remarks on January 1, 2019.

Several of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s picks for major departments likely will not be ousted by the state Senate. The Senate can choose to reject those appointees.

The State Senate Advice and Consent committee began hearings this week on some of Gov. Whitmer’s picks.

The committee heard from Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s appointees to lead departments like the Michigan State Police and state Treasury.

Republican Senator Peter Lucido chairs the committee that held the hearings this week.

"I think the ones that we’ve already done – not those ones that are coming – but those that were done clearly have the ability to do the job which they’re charged with," said Sen. Lucido.

Sent. Lucido said he’ll likely hear from the new director of the Department of Health and Human Services next week; and Lucido said although these picks are in good shape, the process isn’t over. 

The state Senate has 60 days to oust each of Whitmer’s picks. And Lucido says each person’s hearings remain open.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County.
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