Committee Assignments, Introduction of Priority Bills Kick Off New Legislative Session

Jan. 18, 2023 - On Jan. 11, the 102nd Michigan Legislature convened for its initial session day, which mainly consisted of the ceremonial swearing in of all legislators and adoption of rules. Committees also released their rosters. Of particular importance to family medicine are health policy and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services appropriations. Sen. Kevin Hertel and Rep. Julie Rogers will chair the Health Policy Committee in their respective chamber. Sen. Sylvia Santana and Rep. Christine Morse will lead the MDHHS Appropriations subcommittees.

Also of note, the Senate split the previously named Health Policy & Human Services Committee. There is now a Health Policy Committee as well as a Housing & Human Services Committee. In the House, a Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the Health Policy committee has been established.

Michigan Senate Committees
Michigan House Committees

During the first week of sessions, initial and priority bills were also introduced. They focus on income tax reform, repealing the 1931 abortion ban, adding sexual orientation and gender identify to the Elliot-Larsen Civil Right Act, revising the presidential primary election date, and establishing the framework for impending supplemental appropriations bills.

Next up is Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State Address, to be delivered on Jan. 25 before a joint session of the House and Senate. MAFP is proud to once again co-sponsor WKAR’s live broadcast of the address on public television and radio statewide.