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GOP-Led Michigan Senate To Vote On Bills To Strip Dem's Power

December 06, 2018 - 8:22 am
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LANSING (WWJ/AP) - The Republican-led Michigan Senate is expected to pass a bill that would strip the incoming Democratic secretary of state of her power to oversee campaign finance.

The measure up for a vote Thursday is among several that opponents say ignore voters after they swept Democrats into the governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices. It would create a bipartisan commission to regulate campaign finance instead of Democratic Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson.

The Senate also moved to give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if they think the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are not adequately defending the state's interests.

Other measures advancing in the GOP-controlled Legislature would strengthen legislative power and block future efforts to force nonprofits to disclose their donors.

Another bill would create a commission largely appointed by Republicans that would have broad authority over schools.

Outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is mum on whether he will sign the bills if they reach his desk.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.