Well, it's that time again. A new session is starting in Lansing. Legislators will have their first session day this week...and they will begin introducing legislation.
And we will be watching.
Which Republicans will actually sponsor bad bills? Which ones will sponsor good bills? Michigan Liberty Rising intends to expose bad bills and highlight good ones.
Who will put their name to increased corporate welfare, increased licensing, high-stakes testing, more civil asset forfeiture and mandate more costly "alternative energy"? Who will push for the expansion of government? Hopefully the list will be short...but there will no doubt be a list. I hope you want to know. Those legislators need to be held accountable. They need to know that pushing harmful, special-interest agendas is not looked upon favorably.
On the other hand, who will introduce good legislation? Who will put forward transparency bills - in government spending, civil asset forfeiture, SWAT raids? Who will propose repeal of Common Core and high-stakes testing? Who will put forward bills to curb privacy intrusions by government - like license plate readers, military-style surveillance, and government use of drones? Who will champion our state utilizing the 10th Amendment to push back on the federal government. Who will defend the unborn?
The intent of exposing bad bills and their sponsors is not to be belligerent - we won't be, but rather to inform citizens which GOP legislators are going astray of conservative principles...so those citizens can call, email or have some direct, frank discussions when they see them at political or other functions.
By the way, this blog also hopes to point out the committee chairs that allow bad (and good) legislation to come out of their committees, as well as the committee members who vote for the bills.
Over the course of the next two years, the 148 legislators will introduce around 3,000 bills. I hope to develop avenues that allow citizens who want to help with this spotlight, to do just that. Perhaps you can sign up to watch legislation that interests you as it moves through the committee process. If you are interested, please let me know by filling out the comment form on the "About" page.
Let us hope that Republicans in Lansing will be good these next two years. You might even want to email this post to your legislators - letting them know that as they begin to sponsor and co-sponsor bills...we will be watching!