Michigan Legislature Concludes 2023 Session

The Michigan Legislature marked the conclusion of its 2023 session on Tuesday, an event known in legislative terms as “sine die.” This Latin phrase, translating to “without a day,” signifies the formal adjournment of a legislative session without scheduling a date to reconvene. The wrap-up of the session means there will be no additional session days, floor votes, or committee meetings until the Legislature resumes its activities in mid-January.

As the Legislature breaks, the political landscape in the House and Senate remains intriguing. Despite the Democratic Party retaining control, an unusual balance of power will be observed with a temporary 54-54 split between Democrats and Republicans. This shift arises from the recent election of Representatives Lori Stone (D-Warren) and Kevin Coleman (D-Westland) as mayors in their respective localities. Consequently, their departure from the House leads to an even split until special elections are held to fill these vacancies. This process could extend over several months, during which Democrats will maintain control of the House.

The adjournment of the session sets in motion the timeline for numerous laws passed this year to become effective in mid-February. Notable among these are laws pertaining to an early presidential primary, gun safety regulations, the formal repeal of Michigan’s dormant abortion ban, and the expansion of LGBTQ protections within Michigan’s civil rights legislation.

This legislative pause provides a pivotal moment for Michigan, as the state prepares for significant legal and political shifts in the coming year. The Michigan Legislature, maintaining a delicate balance of power, will reconvene in the new year with a renewed focus on addressing the state’s evolving challenges and opportunities.

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