When lawmakers take an oath to “faithfully discharge the duties” of their office, they shouldn’t play games with the voters who put them there in the first place.
Has the will of the people been usurped by the Legislature so that we no longer have a voice? This happened recently with the minimum wage petition, which prompted the Legislature to raise the minimum wage in a ploy to thwart Democrats from coming to the polls to vote on raising minimum wage. The Legislature’s pending vote on hunting wolves will thwart Public Act 21, rendering the voice of the people, on the separate ballot issue to protect Michigan’s wolves, pointless.
What? Suddenly, Republicans are all about science. Not so much when it comes to climate change, evolution or stem cell research.
Michigan residents already had good reason to question state lawmakers’ priorities when the Legislature took the summer off without coming up with a way to fix our deteriorating roads and bridges.
On Wednesday, by a vote of 23-10, the Michigan State Senate passed a bill invalidating the citizen referenda set to be voted on in November regarding whether the State should allow wolf hunts.
For the fourth time in just the past couple of years, the Legislature has essentially vetoed the right of Michigan citizens — a right clearly spelled out in the state Constitution — to initiate or oppose legislation via ballot proposals.
“Impressive” is not a word we’d use to describe the speed with which the state Senate passed a citizen-initiated law this week that would allow a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula, but it does take one’s breath away.
The GOP-controlled Senate on Wednesday passed the legislation on a mostly party-line vote, incredulously citing a devotion to “sound science” and Michigan’s hunting heritage while utterly disregarding the will of the majority of citizens who oppose the hunting of gray wolves.
[Editor's Note: Yesterday, Aug. 13, 2014, the Michigan Senate voted in favor of the "Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act," which, if approved by the Michigan House, which reconvenes on Aug. 27, will nullify the November ballot proposals that are to allow voters to decide whether Michigan needs another wolf hunt. An earlier version of the following article appeared on wolfwatcher.org in June 2014.
The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Wednesday voted to keep intact the state's power to allow wolf hunts, approving a bill designed to keep voters from stopping future hunts in referendums in November.