Sunday, January 31, 2016

WOW: Meekhof Stands Alone, Sides With Animal Abusers In Bizarre Series Of Votes

By Brandon Hall
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Most of us can barely stand to watch those heartbreaking commercials of abused and neglected animals, but it looks like Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof feels a different way.

In a shocking and bizarre series of votes,  Meekhof sided with animal abusers over Michiganders who love their pets and consider them part of the family.

In one vote, Meekhof was the ONLY Senator to vote against ending a fee on background checks during pet adoption. Arlan wants as much of your money in Lansing, even on the backs of poor and helpless pets looking for a home.

In another vote, Meekhof let animal abusers have quicker access to animals despite horrendous past abuse.

"Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on March 18, 2015, to revise a law that prohibits an individual convicted of animal abuse from owning a similar animal for five years after being sentenced, to instead extend the ban to five years after completing the sentence, or whichever is later... Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate."

Why is Arlan siding with animal abusers over Michiganders? Is it a donor-driven issue? Disgusting.


Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson


  1. Please tell me that Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof is Term Limited and therefore cannot run for a state government office again!

    1. He can't run for the Senate again, I believe he would be ok running as a Rep. Though I could be mistaken.