June 8, 2021
June 8, 2021
Over the last year, Michiganders have watched Governor Whitmer flaunt her disregard for ethics in state government. Early on in the pandemic, Whitmer was heavily criticized for approving a contract with a Democrat allied firm that would handle contact tracing in Michigan. Bridge reports:
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office gave the “green light” for a COVID-19 contact tracing “arrangement” she denied knowledge of and canceled amid outcry over a contractor with Democratic ties, according to emails obtained by Bridge Magazine.
Governor Whitmer only halted the lucrative contact tracing deal, which bore a clear conflict of interest, because she got caught. Michiganders deserve to have leaders they can trust not just to be ethical, but to stand up for an ethical state government.
Representative Pamela Hornberger is one such leader. Earlier this year, Hornberger sponsored a bill that would outline a conflict of interest policy for members of the state legislature. This bill sets a new standard for ethical practices in the state legislature, and thanks to her efforts, the bill was passed last month and advanced to the Senate. MLive Reports:
Michigan lawmakers would be explicitly barred from voting on issues they have a personal interest in under legislation that passed the House with wide bipartisan support Thursday.
Sponsored by Rep. Pamela Hornberger, House Bill 4001 would prohibit state lawmakers from voting on bills or other measures that could personally benefit them, their families or any entities in which they have a stake.
A conflict of interest policy would provide Michigan residents with the comfort of knowing that their elected representatives are working in the best interests of the people they are elected to serve.