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Michigan Group Files Language For Lobby Overhaul Petition

Jan 24, 2020

Progress Michigan Director Lonnie Scott displays eight-page petition measure to overhaul lobbying Michigan’s lobbying laws. The proposed amendment to the Michigan Constitution would require limits on gifts, and a “cooling-off” period before elected officials can become paid lobbyists.
Credit Rick Pluta / MPRN

A liberal advocacy group has taken an early step to put a proposed amendment to the state constitution on the ballot this year.  As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta. it would place new controls on lobbying state elected officials.


The proposed amendment is lengthy – eight pages.  It includes limits on gifts and meals for state elected officials and senior staffers.  It would require logs of meetings, phone calls, and other communications between lobbyists and lawmakers.  Also, a two-year period before a legislator could become a paid lobbyist.

Lonnie Scott with Progress Michigan says an amendment like this is long overdue.

“And really putting power back into the hands of the people and not the high-paid lobbyists in Lansing.” 

Scott says, once the petition form is OK’d, the group will start gathering signatures to get the amendment on the ballot.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org