State Rep. Ann Bollin leads the Elections and Ethics Committee through a discussion about reforms to raise the standard of ethics for elected leaders in Michigan.
State Rep. Ann Bollin today said putting a check on the actions of the Legislature during the lame duck period after elections would be a huge step in the right direction for restoring the public’s trust in their state government.
Bollin, of Brighton Township, led the House Elections and Ethics Committee Tuesday as House Speaker Jason Wentworth testified before the panel in support of House Joint Resolution A, setting the tone for the new legislative term. Bollin and Wentworth are prioritizing reforms to make government more accountable and raise the standard for ethics.
“People are sick and tired of political games,” Bollin said. “Voters want elected officials who are transparent and accountable, and right now many people don’t feel like they are getting that. As an elected leader, my priority is to set a higher standard and demonstrate to Michigan families that I am listening to their concerns.”
House Joint Resolution A proposes an amendment to the Michigan Constitution to require a two-thirds majority vote to pass a bill during lame duck, the period after Election Day in even-numbered years. If HJR A 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.
“Legislators have a duty to represent the voices of the people in their communities, and voters must be able to hold them accountable if they don’t,” Bollin said. “During lame duck, legislators who aren’t returning the following year no longer have that accountability to the voters. Setting this higher standard will eliminate the temptation for any late-night, partisan deal making while still ensuring that good, sound public policy changes can move forward.”
HRJ A remains under consideration by the House Elections and Ethics Committee.
Rep. Bollin, who served as Brighton Township clerk prior to her election to the House, says changes announced by the Secretary of State Tuesday are not enough to provide Michigan residents with the level of services they deserve.