Rep. Fink delivers a speech in support of SB 613-616 on the House floor during a session that ran past midnight on Thursday, Nov. 9.
Rep. Fink voted in support of Senate Bills 613-616, which would implement the changes to Michigan law that voters approved when passing Proposal 1 in November of 2022.
The plan subjects Michigan’s state-level elected officials to financial disclosure requirements.
“The plan Democrats in majority have written isn’t perfect, but it’s imperative that we implement the financial disclosure requirements that the people of Michigan overwhelmingly supported,” Fink said. “I hope to see our ethics rules go further, but for the time-being, I support this move in the right direction.”
Fink introduced his own ethics measure earlier this year that the majority caucus has yet to advance. House Bill 4265 would create permanent, bipartisan legislative ethics committees in each chamber to police legislator compliance with ethical and conflict of interest rules.
“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.”
Today’s approved bills were passed by both legislative chambers and now move to the governor’s desk to be considered for state law.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Legislators have a duty to work on behalf of the people of Michigan in obedience to our oaths of office and a certain code of ethics,” Fink said. “When concerns are raised about a legislator’s ethical behaviors, they should be open to a comprehensive look into their actions. Those who have nothing to hide would not shirk such transparency measures.”