LANSING, MI (AP)-- Twenty-eight new lawmakers are joining the Michigan Legislature on the first day of the next two-year session.
The new House members will be sworn in Wednesday along with those re-elected to the 110-member chamber. Senators are in the middle of their four-year terms.
Opening day is filled with pomp, smiles and excitement before the real work begins weeks down the line. But acrimony over the GOP's passage of a right-to-work law in December may linger.
Republican Jase Bolger is expected to be chosen to lead the House again. Yet Democrats may break with recent tradition and vote against him.
Union members also plan to demonstrate outside the Capitol, and to deliver cookies or crumbs to legislators depending on how they've voted on bills.