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 says the House vote Thursday evening to end the $300 weekly federal unemployment pandemic benefit next Tuesday is a move to get Michigan open again and on the road to a prosperous future.
House Workforce and Talent Development Committee Chair Rep. Beth Griffin talks about Thursday’s “State of the Workforce” committee hearing, saying more than a dozen employers testified that they need people to come back to work. Rep. Griffin also called on the Governor to end the additional $300 weekly federal unemployment benefit.
Rep. Beth Griffin today led state House approval of a plan that would end Michigan’s participation in a federal government bonus unemployment payment program that is hindering the economic recovery from the COVID pandemic.