Bills to shift power away from Secretary of State head to House

Dec 7, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s Secretary of State could soon lose a major oversight role.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich

A bill to give the oversight of campaign finance matters to a commission passed out of the state House Thursday.

Democrats cried foul at the move. They say it’s an attempt to take power away from an incoming Democrat. Jocelyn Benson won the office of Secretary of State during the November midterm.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich says, “Pretty dramatic language but I think it’s true. It’s the equivalent of a legislative coup of the will of the voters.”

The commission would be made up of three Republicans and three Democrats. Supporters say it’s similar to the Federal Elections Commission.