Michigan's 100th Legislature kicks off 2-year term

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) (1/9/2018) - Michigan's 100th Legislature has begun its two-year session.

Republicans opened the term Wednesday with smaller majorities in both chambers following the November election. They will have to contend with a Democratic governor for the first time since 2009-10, the last time Michigan had a divided government.

Legislative work is unlikely to progress much until Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her first State of the State address on Feb. 5 and proposes her first budget in early March. There are also a lot of new lawmakers who need to learn the ropes.

A record number of women, 53, are serving in the Legislature.

Families joined legislators during ceremonial swearing-in events. Republican Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering was officially elected as speaker. Eight former speakers joined him to mark the historic 100th session.

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