Skubick: Lawmaker 101 orientation process begins in Capitol

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – New members of the Michigan House are in day number two of an orientation session preparing them to become lawmakers.

It’s a crash course on how to be a lawmaker including how to write a bill, how to deal with the media and how to be effective in their new jobs.

Last night the new members had a practice run on the House floor.

They had dinner with lobbyists and later they will vote on new leadership in both the House Republican and Democratic Caucuses.

There are two new members from our area in this incoming class.

Representative Elect Julie Calley from Portland and Representative Elect Julie Alexander from Jackson

“It is such an honor to be here and the respect for the institution that so many have here,” said Representative-elect Alexander.

The incoming lawmaker agrees it’s going to be fun. “Oh it’s going to be, it’s going to be incredible. I’m very excited, very honored to be able to serve the Jackson community.”

“No surprises yet,” adds Calley. “Understanding that the orientation was a lot quicker than usual. You don’t usually get elected one day and you’re there for orientation the very next so it’s been a whirlwind for those of us who were elected but we look forward to serving.”

You may recognize the name as Ms. Calley is the wife of lt. governor Brian Calley .

So what advice has he given her?

“Brian has always recommended that when an issue comes up I gather information from all sides, that I do not seek information which affirms my initial stance but that I become fully informed before I make a decision,” answered the new lawmaker.

Everyone got a tour of the State Capitol and were scheduled to vote for new party leaders in both parties for next year.

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