Respect the will of the voter. Do not create new emergency manager legislation in the lame duck session.
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The statewide coalition Stand Up for Democracy hosted citizens from around the state on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 in an effort to urge leaders to respect the will of voters in the last election and not craft new replacement legislation for the emergency manager law. Voters in 77 of Michigan's 83 counties voted to repeal PA 4.
Brandon Jessup, Chairman of Michigan Forward and coalition organizer says, "The voters in districts represented by republicans made their voices heard loud and clear when they rejected the emergency manager law. Republican leaders representing their local communities should respect the will of the voters in their own districts and not recreate the same law their own people rejected a few weeks ago."
Voters in key republican held senate seats voted to repeal Public Act 4 in the last election. Those senators and their districts include: Caswell, District 16 (53.57%); Richardville, District 17 (53.17%); Nofs, District 19 (55%); Schuitmaker, District 20 (53.82%); R. Jones, District 24 (55.91%); Pavlov, District 25 (52.27%); Green, District 31(56.2%); Emmons, District 33 (60%); Hanson, District 34 (53.31%); Booher, District 35 (61.37%); Moolenar, District 36 (57.84%); Walker, District 37 (58.93%); and Casperson, District 38 (67.52%). Senator Richardville is the Republican Majority Leader.
Voters in key districts held by republican house members also rejected the law by wide margins including: Johnson, District 97 (80.61%); Stamas, District 98 (53.27%); Cotter, District 99 (58.77%); Franz, District 101 (60.42%); Potvin, District 102, (60.85%); Pettalia, District 106 (62.38%); McBroom, District 108 (65.75%); and Huuki, District 110 (73.76%). Rep. Stamas is the Majority Floor Leader.
Constituents visited republican legislators whose districts voted to repeal the law in an effort to urge them to respect the will of the voters they represent and not pass any new legislation. Members also delivered a letter to the governor urging him to respect the will of the voters and consider broad reforms designed to help communities instead of punish them with another draconian emergency manager law.
SOURCE Stand Up for Democracy