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Legislature to begin 2023 session with Democrats in charge

Michigan Capitol
Kathy Noble
Michigan Capitol

The new Michigan Legislature goes to work today with Democrats in control of the House and the Senate for the first time in nearly four decades.

The first orders of business will be swearing in legislators and adopting rules. And the new majorities will set their priorities for the two-year session.

That’s expected to include repealing the state’s statutory abortion ban – which is already nullified by an amendmentto the Michigan Constitution. Also, scrapping the 2012 right-to-work law that allows workers to opt out of paying union dues. Republicans have promised fights if and when those are taken up.

But the Democratic majorities are a slim two votes in the House and the Senate. So, Whitmer will be looking to make deals with Republicans on many tasks, including the adoption of a state budget.

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