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State Lawmakers Haven’t Tied Down Agenda For Lame Duck And House Democrats See A Shakeup

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Republicans have hung onto their majority in the state House.  Meanwhile, Democrats are planning a change of leadership for next year. 

President-electDonald Trump’s surprise victory trickled down to the House Republicans.  The House kept its Republican majority by the same numbers and puts them in a more relaxed position going into the Lame Duck session. 

But the Democrats are getting a bit of a shake-up.  House Minority Leader Tim Greimelannounced he is not running to lead his caucus for the 2017-2018 session.  This leaves a leadership hole in the minority party.  

Greimel says even before the election he planned to step down if the Democrats did not take a majority.

“You know I’ve poured my heart and soul into the position of Minority Leader for four years, and I’m looking to move on and do other things,” he said.

Looking forward to the Lame Duck session, both the House and the Senate have changes to Michigan’s energy policy at the top of their list of priorities.  But neither chamber has confirmed an agenda for the upcoming months. 

House Speaker Kevin Cottersays they will focus on quality over quantity.

“Less is more,” he said.  “I want to make sure that we get things right and do reforms. But, at the same time, it’s still too early to tell even though we are in Lame Duck now.”

Because the House will keep its Republican majority, Cotter says they are not going to rush through the next couple months.

“Something like energy I would still like to get done this term,” he said.  “But at the same time I don’t stand here feeling like we have to do everything. There are many capable minds that will follow us next term.”

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

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