Well that didn’t take long. Republican Joe Graves was sworn in to office yesterday, and today the Senate Republicans have moved to make their anti-work bills referendum proof:
“In this bill we see further restrictions on workers’ rights, continued degradation of our public educators and greater limitations on local control – all components that seem to be requirements of any legislation enacted by our Governor and the majority party this session,” said Anderson. “Even worse, Senate Republicans inserted last minute language to make this legislation referendum proof, thus preventing citizens from reversing this action and completely subverting the democratic process.”
The Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinvention Committee adopted substitute language when passing the bill in committee earlier this morning to appropriate a small sum of money, thus preventing Michigan voters from ever repealing the law. This arcane and underhanded procedural move has been practiced with increasing frequency this legislative session when unpopular bills are passed. Especially alarming in this instance is that the bill itself can be seen as partisan retribution for the recall of a Republican legislator last November.
(emphasis and link are mine)
Who the hell are these committee members to say that the Michigan voters cannot repeal their ALEC written law???
Oh wait, this is who they are:
Mark Jansen — Chair
Patrick Colbeck — Vice Chair
Coleman Young Minority — Vice chair
I can’t even pretend to be surprised anymore. These people are so arrogant and pathologically twisted that they will do anything to punish their opposition.
This committee would like to hear from you. Really, they would.