Michigan Introduces Plan for Ethics Reform - State and Federal Communications

April 26, 2021  •  

Michigan Introduces Plan for Ethics Reform

Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

The Michigan House introduced 13 new bills proposing fundamental changes for lobbying and disclosure laws.

Changes proposed include requiring members of the Legislature and other public officials to file financial disclosure reports and prohibiting them from voting on bills if there is a conflict of interest.

Other proposals include a prohibition on lobbying by members of the Legislature, a two-year revolving door ban for members of the Legislature and other executive branch officials, and making lobbyists ineligible for civil appointments.

The proposed changes also include increasing fines for violations of the lobbyist gift ban and establishing ethics committees in the House and Senate with the power to accept complaints, investigate complaints, and make recommendations for disciplinary action.

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