New Michigan Legislative Session Kicks Off
Michigan’s new legislative session for the 2023-24 term is off and running. Turnover in the Michigan House is 52%, whereas the Senate is home to 16 new members (a 45% turnover). Leadership are now in place for both parties, as are committee assignments, with the Democrats in the majority in both chambers for the first time in 40 years.
MichBio, along with our national partners BIO, AdvaMed and MDMA (Medical Device Manufacturers Association), hosted a Legislative Welcome Reception on January 17. The event was wildly successful with a packed house of well over a hundred attendees – at least 47 legislators and many staff attended. The bio-industry side was well represented with numerous MichBio Board Directors and other industry sector representatives as well as patient advocacy groups.
The Bioscience Legislative Caucus also features new co-chairs – Reps. Julie Rogers (D) and Doug Wozniak (R), and Sens. Sam Singh (D) and Mark Huizenga (R). The Caucus plans to identify bio-industry topics of interest for educational briefings and discuss greater engagement with Michigan’s bio-industry.
Coming soon – notice of MichBio’s Biosciences Day at the Capitol, an annual event where MichBio’s members will be able to share their stories and issues with legislators, and advocate for greater support of Michigan’s bio-industry.
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