Michigan State Legislature

New Michigan House Speaker Calls For More Accountability

Jan 13, 2021

The new legislative session in Michigan began Wednesday with incoming House leadership calling for improved government transparency and complaining that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has eroded public trust in state government with her response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Michigan Legislature will open its new session on Wednesday with a larger security presence due to the threat of violence.

The session will begin in the shadow of the attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

State Lawmakers and Governor Gretchen Whitmer are now forced to work together on Michigan's coronavirus repsonse after a state Supreme Court ruling upended the Governor's emergency powers.

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers were upended the first Friday in October when the Michigan Supreme Court declared a 1945 law unconstitutional. The ruling, which the state Supreme Court announced this week took immediate effect, sent the state government into a tailspin.

Lawmakers returned to Lansing for the second time during the stay-at-home order to create an oversight committee into the state's COVID-19 response and vote on bills aimed at limiting the Governor's emergency powers.
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Legislators wore homemade masks and went through temperature screening before entering the Capitol for the second time under the stay-at-home order. Republican leaders from both chambers called lawmakers back to Lansing on short notice to vote on an oversight committee into the state’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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There is a ray of good news as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to renew her push for major new spending to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges: Republican legislative leaders say addressing the funding is a priority for them, too.

Larry Inman
GOP House

Embattled Republican state Representative Larry Inman appeared for state House session Wednesday.

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Republicans in the Legislature have proposed what they say is a first step toward restoring widely unpopular budget cuts. Many of the cuts were enacted by a board controlled by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
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Republicans who control Michigan’s Legislature say the state budget will not be resolved until Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agrees to restrict her unilateral power to shift money within departments.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed undoing some of her budget vetoes Thursday, a move that a Democratic ally described as an “olive branch” to Republicans who run Michigan’s Legislature.

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are asking a federal judge to toss a challenge the state’s new redistricting law.