State Rep. Graham Filler said House Democrats have backtracked on plans to rush House Bill 5131 through the House Government Operations Committee today. The bill, which Filler raised serious concerns about on Tuesday, creates a new Court of Appeals district and packs the courts with six new judgeships. Filler released the following statement:
“House Democrats made a misstep when they tried to rush House Bill 5131 through the Government Operations Committee this week. It’s clear their initial approach was a mistake and that I wasn’t the only one who had serious concerns about this proposal. I appreciate their willingness to slow down and step back, and I hope it means we can have a bipartisan conversation about this bill moving forward.
“Past efforts to address the staffing levels in our court system have always been bipartisan and data-driven, with plenty of input from the State Court Administrative Office to ensure the best access to justice. So far, none of that is true about House Bill 5131. That’s bad for our state.
“Promoting partisan influence over the judicial system is wrong, and people recognize that. Polling clearly shows Americans don’t support court packing. They want the best courts possible that provide fair access to justice.
“I hope the decision to take this bill off Wednesday’s agenda signifies a commitment to a more open and deliberative process moving forward. It is essential to ensure that any adjustments to our court system are made with the best interests of the public and the integrity of our justice system in mind.”
State Rep. Graham Filler said crime victims will have more support services and a stronger voice in the criminal justice process, thanks to legislation he helped sponsor that was signed into law today. “Crime victims, who have been terrorized and victimized, deserve resources, support, and protection during the criminal justice process,” Filler said. “These are […]
State Rep. Graham Filler today helped lead the House in approving a bipartisan plan to improve protections for vulnerable adults in Michigan. Filler, R-Clinton County, is leading the effort to improve the state’s guardianship and conservatorship system to make sure Michigan seniors and other vulnerable adults are not taken advantage of by the people who […]
State Rep. Graham Filler voted against a partisan plan to radically alter Michigan’s energy policy, voicing strong concerns that the new mandates will burden Michigan families with electricity that is more expensive and less reliable. Filler, R-Clinton County, said the plan, advanced by House Democrats, calls for utilities to have 100% clean energy by 2040, […]
“House Democrats are shamelessly scheming to pack the Michigan Court of Appeals with six new judges. They’re fast-tracking this bill through the Legislature with no scrutiny and no regard for the public’s right to input. This is wrong.