State Rep. Andrew Fink helped introduce a sweeping, bipartisan reform plan today 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.
“People are losing faith in their elected leaders,” said Fink, of Adams Township. “We must do all we can to restore confidence in the process by holding Michigan’s elected officials fully accountable.”
Some of the reforms announced today have already begun moving in the state Legislature, including the expansion of the Freedom of Information Act and changes to the “lame duck” legislative session.
Other reforms are new, including 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.
“Politicians should always answer to the people for the decisions they make,” Fink said. “Increased transparency measures are the key to ensuring they do.”
The reforms announced today have already been drafted into legislation and will be introduced this week.