State Legislative Session Begins, Healthcare Associations Host Opening Day Reception

Posted on January 11, 2019

Among those attending the Partnership for Michigan's Health reception were (left to right) Sen. John Bizon, MD (R-Battle Creek); Julie Novak, executive director, Michigan State Medical Society; and Brian Peters, CEO, MHA.Members of the 100th Michigan Legislature were officially sworn into office Jan. 9, marking the start of the 2019-2020 legislative calendar.

In the state Senate, 30 new senators took the oath of office, seven of whom have no legislative experience. During the election, Senate Democrats gained five seats in the chamber; however, Republicans will continue to hold a 22-16 majority.

Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) was elected to serve as majority leader in the Senate. He will be joined in his leadership duties by Majority Floor Leader Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford). Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland) will serve as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) was again selected to lead his caucus in the upper chamber of the Legislature. Newly elected Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) will serve as the minority floor leader.

In the state House of Representatives, 46 of the 110 members took the oath of office for the first time. Overall, 88 lawmakers in the House have less than two years of legislative experience. Despite Democrats picking up a handful of seats in the 2018 election, Republicans will continue to hold a 58-52 majority in the chamber.

Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) was elected to his first term leading the state House and will be joined by Majority Floor Leader Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), who is also serving his first term in that position. Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) will serve as chair of the House Appropriations Committee and will lead all House activity on the state budget.

House Democrats have selected Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) to serve as the minority leader in the House. Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) will serve as minority floor leader.

Following the ceremonies, the Partnership for Michigan's Health, comprised of the MHA, the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Osteopathic Association, hosted a reception for lawmakers at the MHA Capitol Advocacy Center in downtown Lansing. More than 150 MHA members, physicians and public officials attended the event to welcome and congratulate the lawmakers as they begin their new term in office.

MHA members are encouraged to meet with their lawmakers within the next month to ensure that healthcare issues remain in the forefront of the legislative agenda as business resumes at the Capitol. For more information, contact Chris Mitchell at the MHA.


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