Rep. John Roth is demanding the Legislature pass transparency and ethics legislation in the face of mounting questionable votes made by House Democrats.
“There have been far too many lapses in judgment made by my Democrat colleagues recently,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “Transparency legislation is essential to ensure the public is aware of conflicts of interest well before the media reports them.”
Two Democrat legislators were exposed in recent news reports detailing potential financial conflicts of interests they may have with controversial upcoming energy legislation. The plan would cripple local control and dimmish community input by giving the unelected Lansing-based Michigan Public Services Commission control over siting for large-scale wind and solar projects. The bills are moving alongside a connected plan to ban natural gas power plants and try to shift the state almost entirely to wind and solar power.
Roth was personally astounded by a recent Economic Development Committee meeting where the Democrat majority pushed through a bill that had not even been made available to the public or Republican legislators before a vote was forced. The bill was later re-referred to committee, but only after Republicans demanded the bill be considered according to committee rules.
“The voters called on us to pass transparency and ethics laws last November when they approved Proposal 1,” Roth said. “I can’t imagine they expected to watch a Democrat majority sidestep their wishes and regular order as they steamroll their liberal wish list through the Legislature.”
Lawmakers have until the end of the year to adopt disclosure plans for sources of income and liabilities to cut down on conflicts of interests. Michigan is currently one of only two states in which legislators do not have to file public reports regarding their personal finances.
“Legal technicalities should never impose unnecessary and unintended burdens on private organizations,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “As things currently stand, summer resorts must abide by archaic rules that limit representation on boards and disallow virtual meetings or proxy voting.”
State Rep. John Roth, R-Interlochen, will soon host a local office hour in Bear Lake. The meeting will take place at the following time and location: Friday, February 23 Manistee Country Road Commission; 10 to 11 a.m., 8946 Chippewa Highway in Bear Lake. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable […]
State Rep. John Roth, R-Interlochen, will soon host a local office hour in Ellsworth. The meeting will take place at the following time and location: Monday, March 11 Banks Township Community Hall; 10 to 11 a.m., 6520 Center St. in Ellsworth. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend […]
State Rep. John Roth, R-Interlochen, will soon host a local office hour in Buckley. The meeting will take place at the following time and location: Monday, February 19 Patty Cakes Restaurant & Bakery; 10 to 11 a.m., 214 W. Wexford Ave. in Buckley. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are […]