State Rep. Matthew Bierlein, of Vassar, today issued the following statement in response to House Democrats bypassing the traditional committee deliberation process regarding Senate Bill 7:
“Democrats in our chamber have talked a lot about transparency at the start of this term, but these actions constitute the opposite and we’re only a few weeks in.
“Circumventing the committee process and ramming this hastily arranged, secret spending plan through robs representatives of the people from reviewing legislation, conveying concerns from those they represent and collaborating on effective solutions. Since I can’t be thorough with all of this in mind, I can’t support the bill.
“This is more than just procedure. It’s part of good governing. Actions like these don’t move Michigan forward. They merely spin the tires deeper into the muck of state government’s standard operating procedure.”
State Rep. Matthew Bierlein, of Vassar, today issued the following statement as Democrats in the House have officially canceled session for the remainder of the year with the implementation of Sine Die this week. The procedural move comes as the Democrat majority shifts from 56-54 to an even 54-54 split of representatives following recent elections […]
State Reps. Matthew Bierlein and Mike Hoadley have introduced new legislation that provides practical solutions to the state’s controversial deer baiting ban. The proposals allow for deer and elk baiting in some circumstances and offer clarity to existing law. Requirements for baiting will include obtaining a free license, not using more than 10 gallons of […]
Reps. Joseph Aragona, Matthew Bierlein, Phil Green and Gina Johnsen today unveiled legislation that condemns forced labor, protects children and positions Michigan to lead by example. The bills specifically forbid state funds from being used to purchase or subsidize any project that utilizes forced labor or child labor. This includes, but is not limited to, […]
As possible conflicts of interest continue to stack up in the Legislature, state Rep. Matthew Bierlein called for prioritizing needed transparency and accountability measures to deliver people a model of state government they can trust. Recent reports have disclosed two different Democrat legislators may be involved in conflict of interests related to legislation that would […]