House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) has sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asking for more details about a March trip to Florida. Johnson said the letter underscores the importance of transparency for people who demand it of their elected officials and works to ensure the state’s governor acted in a lawful fashion.
Whitmer’s trip came around the same time she was cautioning people to stay home as COVID-19 cases surged in Michigan. It was disclosed that a nonprofit group formed to help fund the governor’s inauguration paid over $27,000 to charter a plane for the flight. Just in the last few days, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it is investigating the company hired for the flight to see if it is authorized to operate charter flights.
Johnson said the slow and consistent trickle of new information since the trip came to light April 19 has caused a need for greater scope. The questions ask for particulars on the flight, the group that funded it and costs involved, among other relevant pieces of information.
“These questions are both reasonable and important to giving the people of Michigan certainty that their governor is following proper procedures and acting within the bounds of the law,” Johnson writes in the letter. Johnson has requested answers by May 27 and said refusal to cooperate will result in additional follow-up by the House Oversight Committee.
State Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) has formally requested that Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office provide an AG opinion on the Constitutionality of MCL 389.121(d).
House Oversight Committee Chairman Johnson talks about a 31-bill package pending before the committee designed to hold state government more accountable to Michigan citizens when using emergency powers. Rep. Johnson says the plan could be moved out of committee to the full House this week.
House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today voted to advance a multi-bill package that allows the Legislature to have greater oversight over emergency powers that are used by the executive branch. Johnson, who has sponsored legislation within the plan, said the measures set reasonable timeframes, ensure transparency, deliver greater accountability and clarify law to […]
Rep. Johnson talks about House Oversight Committee passage this week of his HB 4041, which would allow a Michigan resident to make a state park or state forest campground reservation two weeks prior to out-of-state residents.