“We as lawmakers are entrusted with the well-being of Michigan workers, families, schools, businesses and communities, so it is very important that the public has confidence in our ability to make sound policies without questionable pressure or influence,” said Constan. “There is a time and place for everything, but running a campaign on the public’s time cannot be allowed and using the House as a rest stop on the road to personal financial gain must stop. I am committed to doing all I can to see to it that this legislative package becomes law in Michigan.”
The package contains 16 bills and one constitutional amendment and looks to address corporate accountability, campaign finance and ethics reform. Among other things, the House Democrats’ package of bills would:
— Create a two year “cooling off” period for elected officials and a one year period for department directors who attempt to move directly into lobbying to close the revolving door between public and private work.
— Require personal financial disclosure from appointed and elected officials. Michigan is one of only three states with no financial disclosure requirements.
— Strengthen conflict of interest provisions for legislators, prohibit state elected officials from applying for or accepting state grants, and make it illegal for individuals to solicit or accept campaign contributions while in a state facility.
— Toughen campaign finance disclosure and corporate accountability after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted limits on corporate spending in campaigns and prevent state contractors, companies that accept federal bail-out money, and foreign-controlled corporations from spending money in Michigan elections.
— Increase transparency by forcing corporations making expenditures in campaigns or for lobbying purposes to comply with the law and publically disclose funders.
— Eliminate “Pay to Play” politics by banning the state from awarding any contract over $100,000 to a contractor or vendor who made campaign contributions to elected officials.
— Require “robo-calls” to clearly state the name and address of the organization paying for them.
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