January 28, 2020 •
Progress Michigan Seeking to Amend State Constitution to Ban Lobbyist Gifts, etc.
Progress Michigan is seeking to amend the state constitution to
- Ban lobbyists and their clients from giving gifts, including meals, drinks, and trips, to public officials
- Require lobbyists and public officials to make a public record of their phone calls, meetings, and other communications with each other
- Require a two-year cooling off period before public officials could become lobbyists
- Ban contingency pay for lobbyists
Progress Michigan is part of the Coalition to Close Lansing Loopholes, which filed proposed language with the state for the November 2020 ballot.
A constitutional amendment requires the group to collect signatures of registered voters equal to at least 10% of the number of votes cast for all candidates in the last gubernatorial election, or at least 425,055 valid signatures by July 6.
The group is seeking a constitutional amendment, rather than a legislative initiative, which requires fewer signatures, to prevent the Legislature from amending the proposal.
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