Saturday, January 16, 2021

 Rep. Bollin announces effort to hold state legislators more accountable

State Rep. Ann Bollin announced that the first House measures introduced for the 101st Legislature are part of a plan to improve ethical standards for all state legislators.

House Bill 4001 requires state legislators to abstain from voting on bills that could personally benefit them or their families. House Joint Resolution A is aimed at promoting bipartisanship and sound public policy during lame duck legislative sessions after elections. Both measures together show the 101st Legislature’s commitment to ethics reform in 2021.

“We’re getting the new legislative session off to the right start by focusing on improving government ethics and transparency,” said Bollin, of Brighton Township. “These reforms will make elected officials more accountable to the people they serve.”

House Bill 4001 would clearly establish that legislators shall not vote on a bill or measure if they have knowledge of a personal or professional interest. The bill defines a personal or professional interest as one that would provide a substantial benefit to the member of the Legislature, an individual or entity to whom the member of the Legislature is financially or legally obligated, or an individual or entity personally related to the member of the Legislature.

HJR A proposes an amendment to the State Constitution to require a two-thirds vote for passage of a bill during lame duck. If the resolution receives two-thirds vote from legislators in both the House and Senate, it would be placed on the ballot for a vote of the people of Michigan.

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