State Rep. Ann Bollin today announced the first House measures introduced for the 101st Legislature are part of a plan to improve ethical standards for all state legislators.
House Bill 4001 requires state legislators to abstain from voting on bills that could personally benefit them or their families. House Joint Resolution A is aimed at promoting bipartisanship and sound public policy during lame duck legislative sessions after elections. Both measures together show the 101st Legislature’s commitment to ethics reform in 2021.
“We’re getting the new legislative session off to the right start by focusing on improving government ethics and transparency,” said Bollin, of Brighton Township. “These reforms will make elected officials more accountable to the people they serve.”
House Bill 4001 would clearly establish that legislators shall not vote on a bill or measure if they have knowledge of a personal or professional interest. The bill defines a personal or professional interest as one that would provide a substantial benefit to the member of the Legislature, an individual or entity to whom the member of the Legislature is financially or legally obligated, or an individual or entity personally related to the member of the Legislature.
HJR A proposes an amendment to the State Constitution to require a two-thirds vote for passage of a bill during lame duck. If the resolution receives two-thirds vote from legislators in both the House and Senate, it would be placed on the ballot for a vote of the people of Michigan.
State Rep. Ann Bollin today called upon the Whitmer administration to safely reopen all industries – an action that is needed to reinvigorate Michigan’s economy, stabilize the state budget and preserve essential services Michigan families rely on every day.
State Rep. Ann Bollin today expressed frustration in the Whitmer administration’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan and called on the governor to focus on fixing the problems with the state’s system.
“I am deeply saddened by the events that occurred in Washington D.C. at our nation’s Capitol today. Violence and intimidation are never acceptable. This is not the first protest in recent months to seemingly go beyond what any reasonable person would say is peaceful. The destruction and violence need to be condemned. We must return America to what it once was. A nation of freedom, a nation of order.