House committee assignments were adjusted on Tuesday, with Republican members being removed, added and reassigned to various panels.
Twenty-one Republican members of the House have asked Attorney General Dana Nessel for a formal opinion on whether any person has the power in Michigan law to order that members of the House be barred from the House floor while the House is in session.
The new Democratic legislative majorities passed legislation Thursday rolling back the state's taxes on retirement income and raising the Earned Income Tax Credit with some bipartisan support, moves which would unwind key parts of former Governor Rick Snyder's tax overhaul from more than a decade ago.
House Speaker Joe Tate on Thursday announced committee membership for the House this term, and Republican members who bucked tradition on opening day were left with few assignments on less than stellar committees.
Rep. Joe Tate was formally elected speaker Wednesday but only after an unusually large number of Republicans voted against not only making him speaker but against several other House Democratic officers as well.
A group of ultraconservative Republican lawmakers called for an overhaul of House rules on Tuesday and announced opposition to the speaker's authority to make decisions on legislative staff and control office space.