State House Kicks Off 98th Legislature

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – It is a big day for Michigan lawmakers as not only do they return from break, but many start their first day on the job.

The State House kicks off the 98th Legislature in just a few hours. Three in every 10 legislators being sworn in Wednesday are new to the Republican-led Legislature. And three of the top four legislative leaders are new because their predecessors left Lansing under term limits.

Forty-three members of the 110-seat House are new to the chamber. The 38-seat Senate has 10 new members – nine who previously served in the House.

Today’s schedule is pretty light but lawmakers, especially newcomers look forward to it because all members of the House will be sworn in at noon.

Republicans widened their lead in the House to a super majority after the November election. Now they will need to work together with Democrats to keep Michigan headed in the right direction.

Capital correspondent Tim Skubick will have more from the State House, later today.

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