Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan today voted to improve transparency and accountability in the Michigan Legislature’s so-called “lame duck” session, which occurs every two years after the November general election.
A resolution approved by the House would require a two-thirds vote to approve legislation during lame duck – a change that would focus legislators on important priorities that have bipartisan support.
“Michiganders expect and deserve a transparent, open and accountable process for approving new laws at all times – no matter what time of year, who’s leaving office or coming into office,” Griffin said. “The lame duck session of the Legislature needs improvement so the public can better track and have input to what is going on. It should not be as hectic and rushed as it has been in the past. It should be a time where lawmakers focus on advancing priorities that are truly time-sensitive and beneficial to Michigan, and this legislation is a significant step in the right direction.”
House Joint Resolution A advances to the Senate for further consideration. If the measure wins enough support in the Senate, it would advance to a vote of the people in 2022.
“This is a measure that will help build and maintain the public’s trust in its state government,” Griffin said. “It’s a long-overdue reform.”
Rep. Griffin talks about the Governor’s veto of her HB 4210, which focused on expanding rural broadband in Michigan. Rep. Griffin says she is puzzled by the Governor’s claim that speeds in the bill were not high enough, even though they met the federal standard and says the veto hurts rural Michigan families who would […]
Rep. Griffin speaks on the House floor Wednesday prior to approval of her plan that would lower costs for rural broadband expansion by exempting providers from personal property taxes on high-speed internet equipment under certain conditions – and only in areas with slow internet speeds.
Rep. Beth Griffin today said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hurt rural Michigan families by vetoing legislation aimed at increasing access to broadband-based internet in underserved areas. Whitmer rejected House Bill 4210, sponsored by Griffin. The measure was recently approved by the Legislature. “The governor stresses the importance of increasing access to broadband, but when it came […]