Sorry about the lack of new posts, but I'm tied up at the moment with legislative issues here in Michigan. The house bill that includes language opening the door to ID was passed by the house last week and sent to the Senate. We are awaiting today the release of a separate bill by the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, which may or may not include similar language. We don't know at this point which of the two bills will be the final bill or what the language will be, so we are preparing our strategy in the dark at the moment. In the meantime, I'm getting calls from the press and we're taking a "no comment...yet" approach. The ACLU of Michigan, however, issued a press release on the matter this morning. MCFS will be issuing a public statement as well, but we are waiting for the wording of the Senate bill to be released first.
It could be worse... You could be a Tiger fan...
This hits too close to home. As if Michigan weren't hurting enough already - let's give outside investors one more reason to avoid the state!
Ed, do you have a list of the idiot legislators who voted in favor? I'd like to know whom NOT to vote for next time!
Here are the yeas and nays on the bill:
Accavitti Espinoza McDowell Rocca
Acciavatti Farhat Meyer Sak
Amos Farrah Moolenaar Schuitmaker
Anderson Gaffney Moore Shaffer
Angerer Garfield Mortimer Sheen
Ball Hansen Murphy Stahl
Baxter Hildenbrand Newell Stakoe
Byrnes Hoogendyk Nitz Steil
Byrum Huizenga Nofs Stewart
Casperson Hummel Palmer Taub
Caul Hune Palsrok Vagnozzi
Clemente Jones Pastor Van Regenmorter
DeRoche Kahn Pavlov Vander Veen
Dillon Kooiman Pearce Walker
Donigan LaJoy Polidori Ward
Drolet Law, David Proos Wenke
Elsenheimer Law, Kathleen Robertson Whitmer
Adamini Cushingberry Kolb Smith, Virgil
Bennett Gillard Leland Spade
Bieda Gleason Lipsey Tobocman
Brandenburg Gonzales Meisner Waters
Brown Gosselin Miller Williams
Caswell Green Plakas Wojno
Clack Hood Sheltrown Zelenko
Condino Hopgood Smith, Alma
Now, that doesn't necessarily mean anyone who voted for the bill is an idiot - the language we object to is one tiny part of the bill. One legislatore who voted for the bill, Wenke, tried to amend that section out but his amendment failed; he voted for the overall bill anyway.