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.
“I learned so many important lessons from my time in the Marine Corps that I carry with me to this day,” said Fink, a Marine Corps veteran. “Today and every day, we should honor the veterans who helped maintain the free and safe country we enjoy every day.”
“Rushing headlong into solar and wind energy dependence will be costly – and Michigan residents are the ones who will foot the bill,” Fink said. “Further, it will make our grid even less reliable across Michigan. The power outages we have experienced in our rural areas in recent years will only get worse. Essentially, you’ll be paying more but getting less.”
“Transparency and accountability to the people are crucial parts of our system of government,” said Fink. “We must have systems in place to hold legislators accountable when conflicts of interest arise.”
“I’m pleased to see Democrats have come to their senses and pulled this bill off the committee docket. There’s no need for additional Court of Appeals judges in Michigan. The number of case filings has not increased, and our current judges are more than capable of handling existing cases. This was a clear attempt to pack our courts with Democrat influence and manipulate judgeships to the detriment of our justice system.”