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Republican lawmakers prepping for Democratic leaders

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As Democrats get ready to take some power in Lansing, Republicans in the Legislature are responding. A new bill would let the state Legislature – which will be run by Republicans next year – intervene in any court proceeding it says is necessary. ";s:

Republican lawmakers in Lansing are bracing for Democrats to take control of top state offices next year like governor and Attorney General.

The incoming Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel calls one bill an attempt to undermine her future office.

That bill would let the state House and Senate step in to any court proceeding it says is necessary. That includes situations where the governor or attorney general take positions the Legislature disagrees with.

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard supports the legislation.

“What this does is, this allows the people to have a stronger voice by allowing the Legislature to intervene and have a voice in these lawsuits," Leonard said.

There’s also a new bill that would take away some oversight powers of the Secretary of State – who will also be a Democrat next year.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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