Republican bills seek to limit power of incoming Democrats in Michigan

Republican bills seek to limit power of incoming Democrats in Michigan
Michigan's Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer (Image: Detroit Free Press video screen grab)

[Ed. – This frankly sounds like the kind of galling stunt Democrats would pull.]

As Democratic candidates prepare to take three statewide offices on Jan. 1 — governor, attorney general and secretary of state — Republican lawmakers introduced bills Thursday to challenge their authority.

State Rep. Robert VerHeulen, R-Walker, introduced a bill that would allow the state House of Representatives and Senate to intervene in any legal proceedings involving the state, which has traditionally been the purview of the state attorney general or the governor’s office.

In addition, state Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, introduced a bill that would shift oversight of campaign finance law from the secretary of state to a six-person commission appointed by the governor. The panel members would be nominated by the state Republican and Democratic parties.

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The action comes as Democrats — Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel and Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson — will claim all three statewide offices for the first time in 28 years.

The move infuriated Democrats, who said the GOP was trying to thwart the will of voters who fueled a blue wave in Michigan on Nov. 6 by electing Democrats up and down the ballot.

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