Rep. Meerman said House Democrats have backtracked on plans to rush House Bill 5131 through the House Government Operations Committee today. The bill would create a new Court of Appeals district and packs the courts with six new judgeships. Meerman released the following statement:
“After overwhelming criticism, Democrats have pulled this misguided bill off the committee docket. This was a clear attempt to pack our courts with Democrat influence and manipulate judgeships to the detriment of our justice system. 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.
“Further, it appears the bill aims to prevent specific judges from retaining their seats – undermining the purpose of an independent judiciary.
“This plan was a mistake and now they’re backing off – a move that’s better for all of Michigan. Promoting partisan influence over the judicial system is wrong, and people recognize that.”
Rep. Meerman voted against a partisan plan this week that would radically alter Michigan’s energy policy. He voiced strong concerns that the new mandates will burden Michigan families with electricity that is more expensive and less reliable.
State Rep. Luke Meerman today criticized the Democrat leadership of the Michigan House of Representatives for its decision not to bring a resolution condemning Hamas and reaffirming support for Israel before the House for a vote. “I am disappointed in the decision by those in leadership to remain silent on this humanitarian crisis,” said Meerman, […]
The working group, which is open to bipartisan participation, will delve into assessing potential threats, provide information and explanations to their legislative colleagues and the public, and guide statutory and regulatory reforms. It also intends to track, evaluate, and assign threat level ratings within the state of Michigan and publicize them.