FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2019
Governor Whitmer Signs Supplemental Appropriations Bill
SB 150 includes funding for Census, Proposal 3 Implementation, Clean Water
LANSING, Mich. – Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 150, a supplemental appropriations bill sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, which includes $28.8 million in gross spending, while also issuing a line-item veto of an unconstitutional command to the Auditor General.
The legislation includes funding for ensuring accurate counts through the 2020 U.S. Census; implementing provisions in Proposal 3, including automatic voter registration and no-reason absentee voting; administering the Double Up Food Bucks program; and implementing provisions in the new Lead and Copper Rule to protect clean drinking water for Michigan residents.
“This legislation provides critical funding that will expand access to voting, ensure a full and accurate count in the 2020 Census, and help provide clean drinking water to Michigan residents,” said Whitmer. “We’ve got more work to do. It’s been 111 days since I introduced my budget to fix the damn roads, make the largest investment in public school operations in a generation of students, and clean up our drinking water. There’s no reason why the bipartisan work that went into passing this supplemental shouldn’t carry over into passing the full 2020 budget. Instead of going on summer break, the Republican Legislature should get back to work so we can finish the job. Let's get it done.”
Governor Whitmer also exercised a line-item veto of subsection (105) of the bill, which contained a $0 appropriation directing the Auditor General to immediately audit the Department of State’s roll-out of the new automatic voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting laws enacted by Proposal 3. The Auditor General’s constitutional powers enable audits to be conducted after the conclusion of the fiscal year or program being examined but do not extend to an audit of an ongoing program during the current fiscal year.
“I applaud the Legislature’s desire to hold the departments, including the Secretary of State, accountable to the people. Nevertheless, the Auditor General may only conduct an audit at the constitutionally appropriate time,” said Whitmer.
Senate Bill 150 includes: