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Apr 25 2012

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A Few Things You Should Know…

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“A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master.” George Washington

 

It seems like it’s been awhile since our last post but we have been busy on a local level. Grassroots here in Delhi Township have formed a Ballot Question Committee and have been fighting the “usual suspects” the big government, big spending, elitists good ole’ boys, RINOs, Progressives, and enviro-bullies, using every dirty trick in the book. You don’t have to go to Washington D.C.! You can find little Obama-type regimes in your own backyard. However unlike on a national level, you actually have more power to personally affect change on a local level.

I won’t go into the issue in detail but I can say it literally Stinks! If you live in Delhi Township, please vote “No” May 8th! To learn more about it Delhi Neighbors for Common Sense

And for myself on a state and national level, taking the first steps to defeat Debbie Stabenow by finishing up collecting signatures for my candidate of choice Clark Durant

However there are several Bills that you need to know about and support, both deal with Reform, Transparency and Oversight.

HB 5459

In a nutshell:

  • House Bill 5459 would amend the Open Meetings Act (MCL 15.265) to describe the procedure a public body would follow if its members were meeting in an emergency session without having given notice of the meeting to the public.
  • The use of generalized explanations such as “an imminent threat to the health of the public” or “a danger to public welfare and safety” would not meet the explanation requirements.
  • Public bodies that directly or indirectly maintain an official Internet presence would have to post the public notice of the emergency meeting and its explanation on its website in the same manner as described above.

This is an important bill as Tea Party folks can only have an impact if they attend public meetings, and can only attend public meetings if they know they exist.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep Paul Opsommer, “We have a lot of fancy lawyers who are taking a necessary carve-out in the law and using it so that basically they can call a meeting without public attendance almost anytime they want to,” said Opsommer, R-DeWitt. “That and other schemes like posting a notice inside a locked building over the weekend where no one can see it have to stop”.

HB 5459  was passed out of the House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics. Please e-mail/call your House Rep to support this bill and vote YES

HB 4116

In a nutshell:

  • The bill would establish a review protocol by the attorney general for cross-boundary memorandums of agreement, before those agreements are entered into by state agencies
  • Create a central repository for such memoranda in the Office of the Great Seal by June 30, 2012, that would be electronically accessible to the public via the Internet within one year.

This Bill is important because these Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) are legally binding, written documents entered into by officials in state government agencies with other parties with “uncertain statutory basis” or any central oversight, in a every increasing manner. Think of MOUs as a type of “shadow government.”

And in fact there is no way of knowing what public agencies have entered in what MOU because there is no current oversight or tracking method

 

In a May 26, 2011 Mackinac Center article….” For instance a May 12, 2008, “Memorandum of Understanding” between Michigan and the United Kingdom pledged that the state and the UK would “work jointly to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and increase climate-friendly commerce”.

And just lately Gov. Synder has entered into an interstate offshore wind energy MOU with the  Obama Administration. In Great Britain where they have been used for years, a study by Global Warming Policy Foundation in London concludes that wind power is simply too expensive to be worth using.

 Do you want to see these these miles long money pit behemoth eye sores marring

the natural beauty of our “Pure Michigan?”

HB 4116 has been referred to Senate Government Operations on 1/31/2012 and is stuck because the Chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee, Sen Randy Richardville is sitting on it and won’t give it a hearing. Why? It appears that the Governor isn’t fond of too much transparency and therefore Richardville isn’t either and sits on the bill. Someone needs to remind these public servants that transparency is a key to limited Republic government.

So we need to contact Sen. Randy Richardville and tell him we want a hearing on HB 4116

Please e-mail/call/fax Sen. Randy Richardville to schedule a Committee hearing
By Phone: (517) 373-3543
By Fax: (517) 373-0927
By Email: SenRichardville@senate.michigan.gov
Please include name, address

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