Reforms could be a fix for state political flaws

The Michigan House Judiciary Committee will take up a set of bills aimed at reforming the way voters select Michigan’s attorney general and secretary of state.

The reforms would take the edge off some of the partisan politics which have been at the very least a distraction in state government.

Introduced by judiciary committee Chairman Mark Meadows, House Joint Resolution WW and House Bill 5915 would amend the constitution and require that AG and Secretary of State would be nominated at a primary election, rather than being nominated by party conventions.

Meadows also introduced House Bill 5914, which would put the non-partisan Legislative Services Bureau in charge of redistricting, rather than leaving it to the house and senate.

The committee will discuss the bills at its noon meeting on April 13.

The following week, the committee will take up House Joint Resolution XX, which would lengthen the terms for state representatives and senators. Senators would be elected to six-year terms and representatives would be elected for four-year terms, and elections would be held every two years, so that the turnover, which happens every election since Michigan adopted term limits, would be less dramatic.

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