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Michigan Votes

• Apr 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM

The Michigan Legislature is on spring break with no sessions scheduled until April 10. Rather than votes, this report contains some noteworthy legislative proposals to amend the Constitution. To become law, these require a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate and approval by voters.

All proposed bills were referred to a committee, with no further action at this time.

Senate Joint Resolution M: Give Legislature power to cancel administrative rules. Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R), to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment that would give a majority of the Legislature the power to cancel administrative rules promulgated by state departments. Also, each state department would have to post a list of core services for which it is uniquely responsible, annual spending on these and key performance measures. Then, the governor’s annual budget recommendation would be required to have two parts: a core services budget and a budget for everything else.

Senate Joint Resolution P: Limit authority of university governing boards. Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R), to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment that would limit the powers of the governing boards of the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State to those prescribed in state laws enacted by the Legislature. The Constitution now grants these boards “general supervision and control” of the universities, which this measure would make subject to limitations established by the political branches (Legislature and governor).

House Joint Resolution DD: Replace elected university boards with governor appointments. Introduced by Rep. James Lower (R), to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to no longer elect the directors of the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State. The institutions’ governing boards would instead be appointed by the governor upon the advice and consent of the Senate.

House Joint Resolution EE: Impose term limits on university governing boards. Introduced by Rep. Aaron Miller (R), to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to elect the eight-member governing boards of the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State for four-year terms, rather than the current eight-year terms, and limit members to two four-year terms.

House Joint Resolution HH: Ban conflict-of-interest voting by legislators. Introduced by Rep. Scott Dianda (D), to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to prohibit legislators from voting on bills in which they have a direct financial interest. See also House Bill 5730, which would criminalize legislator conflict-of-interest voting; and House Bill 4968, which would ban local planning and zoning board members from voting on matters in which they have a financial interest.

Senate Joint Resolution Q: Make “best interests of the child” paramount over parental rights. Introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D), to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment that would establish that public officials' determination of the best interests of a child "are paramount to the rights of a parent and all other factors in determining whether parental rights should be terminated” in child custody proceedings, juvenile justice cases, or cases of child abuse and neglect.

House Joint Resolution II: Establish parental rights as paramount. Introduced by Rep. Gary Glenn (R) , to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to establish that “parents and legal guardians have a natural and fundamental right to direct the care, education and upbringing of their children. No government action shall burden, abridge or hinder this natural, fundamental right unless it is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”

Source: MichiganVotes.org

Huizenga votes

Congress was not in session last week, so there are no votes to record for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland.

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