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Lawmakers Head Back to Work

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Lawmakers headed back to the state capitol Wednesday to join with the newest members of the legislature. 

All 26 newly elected members will serve in the House, along with those re-elected to the 110-member chamber. Senators are in the middle of their four-year terms.

The two political parties have pledged to work together, despite serious differences, including right to work.

The scene was much different from last month when 500 state troopers greeted 17,000 demonstrators. The numbers were smaller, but the anger over right-to-work is still there.

There was chatter earlier that the republicans might try to block the Harper Woods Democrat Rep. Brain Banks from being seated because he has eight felony convictions on his record as a young man. He was seated without any GOP protests.

There was also chatter that the democrats might protest the election of House GOP Speaker Jase Bolger. But when that vote was taken, there were only two democrats who voted red, which was a no vote protest.

But the vast majority of house democrats voted to back the GOP Speaker, not wanting to get off on the wrong foot.

The only decision made today was where the lawmakers would sit for the next two years as they heard pledges of bipartisanship from the speaker and the new democratic leader.

So this games being on an upbeat, positive, bipartisan note... one wonders how long it will last...

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