Rep. Fink addresses his House colleagues on Wednesday urging them to support his state government ethics reform legislation.
The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Andrew Fink’s bipartisan reform plan that will greatly improve ethics and transparency laws for government officials.
The comprehensive list of reforms includes improvements to public record laws, ethical standards, financial disclosure requirements, bans on conflicts of interest, and more.
“These bills can help us show the people that we can and do govern ethically, and that we can correct our own members when they fail to meet that standard,” Fink said during his floor speech. “Our duty is to work on behalf of the people in obedience to our oath of office, and to maintain and even expand the trust the people have in the integrity of their elected and appointed officials. This legislation will help us do that.”
Some of the reforms included in the package are gift restrictions, lobbying disclosures, and new penalties for state legislators who fail to show up for the job or act unethically.
Fink’s bill in the package establishes permanent, independent ethics committees in the Legislature to investigate complaints and ensure compliance.
The plan now moves to the state Senate for consideration.
Rep. Fink talks about final House passage Tuesday night of his HB 4066, which prohibits a political subdivision from enacting any ordinance, rule, or tax relating to the use of a knife or knife-making components that are more restrictive than state law.
Rep. Fink talks about House passage this week of HB 4722, short-term rental legislation designed to provide certainty for private property owners across the state while maintaining some flexibility for municipalities over planning and zoning. Rep. Fink says a key to the issue is making sure that Michigan’s housing situation is welcoming to families.