LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan Legislature’s lame-duck session (all times local):
The Republican-led Michigan Senate has voted to strip campaign finance oversight from the secretary of state and have a bipartisan commission handle the functions instead, less than a month before a Democrat leads the office for the first time in more than 20 years.
The bill was sent to the GOP-led House on Thursday for consideration as early as next week, following a similar move to restrict the powers of incoming Democrats in neighboring Wisconsin. The legislation would create a bipartisan commission to regulate campaign finance instead of Democratic Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson.
Republicans says the concept is not “unique,” pointing to the Federal Election Commission and similar panels in other states. But Democrats say it is a power grab and would ensure deadlock by letting political parties sway who sits on the commission.
The Republican-led Michigan Senate is expected to pass a bill that would strip the incoming Democratic secretary of state of her power to oversee campaign finance.
The measure up for a vote Thursday is among several that opponents say ignore voters after they swept Democrats into the governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices. It would create a bipartisan commission to regulate campaign finance instead of Democratic Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson.
Other measures advancing in the GOP-controlled Legislature would strengthen legislative power and block future efforts to force nonprofits to disclose their donors. Outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is mum on whether he will sign the bills if they reach his desk.