The Michigan Association of Timbermen
Posted on 10.02.2017 Under Legislative, Recent Post

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced his bid for governor at his annual barbecue fundraiser at the Midland County Fairgrounds. He vowed to be the “jobs” governor” and said it is past time for the state to cut the income tax.

Bill Schuette appears to be the front-runner for the Republican nomination. He has the visibility that comes with almost seven years as attorney general and decades of relationships in Michigan Republican politics. Two other Republicans are in the race so far.

Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton is running a Ted Cruz type campaign. Schuette is more of a hybrid Chamber of Commerce/social conservative Republican. Senator Colbeck comes out of the tea party movement and very anti-establishment.

Dr. Jim Hines is the outsider and only candidate in the race at this point who has never held elective office. The other potential big name in the race is Lt. Governor Brian Calley, who has said he will not make a decision on whether to run until after he holds a series of town halls in October and November.

HJR “V”, sponsored by Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, would petition Congress to call a constitutional convention to discuss a balanced budget amendment for the federal government, limit the federal government’s powers and establish congressional term limits. The measure was approved by the House Government Operations Committee chaired by Rep. Chatfield and now moves to the full House for more consideration.

HJR “R” sponsored by Rep. Jeff Yaroch, R-Richmond would move Michigan to a unicameral legislature by eliminating the Senate. Rep. Yaroch said the measure would save $50 million a year and commented that there is no compelling reason to have a bicameral legislature other than tradition, given the requirement for more than 50 years that all legislative districts be based on population. The measure received committee debate but was not voted out of committee.

HB 4644, the multiple use permit legislation, is scheduled for Senate Transportation Committee debate on Thursday, October 5, 8:30 A.M. I am working to duplicate our House Transportation Committee presentation in the Senate. As usual, I continue to canvas the committee for votes before the meeting and attempt to answer questions ahead of the committee meeting.

It is important to complete legislative action on the bill before January. Active campaigning will begin at the start of the new year with some 48 House members termed out and 20 Senate members termed out as required by the Michigan term limit law.

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