House approves Hornberger plan to remove elected trustees for illegal acts

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Bill is part of legislative package in response to Larry Nassar scandal

The state House today approved Rep. Pamela Hornberger’s legislation to allow the removal of an elected member of the state board of education or university board with cause.

Under the state Constitution, the governor can remove elected board members for gross negligence, corrupt conduct and other illegal behavior related to their position. This plan will bring state statute in line with the Constitution.

“We should expect those who lead our schools, colleges and universities to do what is best for our children, but unfortunately that is not always the case,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “My bill protects these students by allowing the governor to also remove those officials – while exercising due process – even when the Legislature is in session while eliminating conflicts with the state constitution. Someone who is elected or appointed to a college board has an obligation to help lead and advance that institution and its students. We must hold anyone given that opportunity to a strict standard.”

Hornberger’s legislation is part of a 28-bill bipartisan package approved by the House to increase protections to Michigan’s residents in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

“This plan will make it virtually impossible for this kind of predator to exist in Michigan,” Hornberger said. “My bill was part of legislation which was discussed during 19 hours of committee testimony. Medical professionals, educators, former judges, multiple private and public organizations, and even survivors of Nassar’s crimes spoke up about protecting Michigan’s residents from sexual abuse. That has helped develop solutions to set a higher standard of protecting our children, through K-12 and college, while strengthening punishments against anyone who victimizes children.”

House Bill 5799 advances to the Senate for its consideration.