GOP plan to strip power from incoming Democratic Sec of State appears dead


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A Michigan Republican plan to strip power from Secretary Of State-elect Jocelyn Benson appears dead.

The Detroit News reports that the bill will not make it through the House Elections Committee. It meets Wednesday morning for the last time of the year and Rep. Aaron Miller, R-Sturgis, who chairs the panel said the proposal is "dead" in committee and "support is lacking" in the House.

“No games are going to be played tomorrow," Sturgis said Tuesday evening. "Full disclosure, those bills are not coming up tomorrow."

If the bill was ultimately approved and survived a likely legal challenge, it would have created a commission of three Republicans and three Democrats that would enforce campaign finance laws. Any new limits on campaign contributions would require the approval of a majority of the commission. There are very few Republicans who would support stricter campaign finance laws, therefore the GOP is intentionally building into the commission a permanent gridlock.

Put another way, the new law is a Republican attempt to protect the party's dark money contributors and other loose campaign finance laws.

"I am pleased the House Republicans appear to agree and I look forward to collaborating with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on ways we can take Michigan from worst to first in ethics and transparency," Benson said in a statement to the News

A separate proposal to strip power from the incoming Dana Nessel is still alive.

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