Sunday, September 9, 2018
Breaking: Legislators Wrote Controversial National Popular Vote Bill During Hawaiian Vacation Paid For By Lobbyists
By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)
Legislators involved in leading the effort to get Michigan to adopt the National Popular Vote Compact wrote the bill in Hawaii on a luxurious vacation paid for by lobbyists promoting the controversial proposal.
West Michigan Politics has learned that a large amount of legislators went to Hawaii on the tab of the special interests pushing for the legislation. A top level source with knowledge of the trip, which occurred shortly after the August 7th primary, said it could be as many as 24.
Legislators believed to have attended include the sponsors of the bill, Tim Kelly in the House, and Dave Hildenbrand in the Senate.
WMP has emailed them, as well as multiple other legislators, about their connections to the trip.
Others contacted for comment about their participation include Represenatives Dave Maturen, Jim Lilly, Triston Cole, and Vanessa Guerra, as well as Senators Rick Jones, Phil Pavlov, Geoff Hansen, David Kenezek, and Coleman Young II.
In the House, the legislation is known as HB 6323. It was introduced by Kelly on September 5th, then referred to the Committee on Elections and Ethics. The language says it's "a bill to enter into the interstate compact to elect the president by national popular vote," it can be read in full HERE.
In the Senate, Hildenbrand was the lead sponsor of SB 1117, which is identical to HB 6323. Like Kelly, he also introduced the legislation on September 5th. It has been referred to the Committee on Government Reform.
Republican grassroots activists strongly oppose the legislation, as many believe in the Electoral College system our Constitution prescribes. Had this been the law, Hillary Clinton would sit in the White House today instead of President Trump.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
Posted by NerdWatch at 4:47 PM