Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
Working with leaders on clarifying bill to eliminate concerns
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
LANSING, Mich - Gov. Rick Snyder today signed several election finance reforms, focused on eliminating abuse and creating transparency in how public resources are used for election purposes.
“This legislation includes many important campaign finance reforms that protect the integrity of our election process,” Snyder said. “I understand there is confusion about how the bill impacts the use of public resources to disseminate factual information prior to an election. This provision needs to be clarified and I am working with my partners in the Legislature on a follow-up bill to address these concerns.”
Senate Bill 571, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Kowall, updates campaign finance rules to specify that:
The bill also includes a provision that many municipalities and public institutions that rely on millages have concerns with: prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars being used for mass communications pertaining to local ballot questions 60 days before an election.
The intent was to prohibit the use of advertisement-style mass communications using taxpayer dollars, not to impact the expression of personal views by a public official or the use of public facilities for debates or town halls on ballot questions.
To address the concerns, Snyder is calling on the Legislature to pass clarifying legislation in time for the March 2016 election. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Speaker Kevin Cotter are both supportive of moving this legislation through their respective chambers quickly.
The governor further explained his position on PA 269 in a signing letter.
For more information on this and other legislation, please visit www.legislature.mi.gov.