Bill Would Restrict Political Activities Of State Workers

LANSING (WWJ) – A bill moving through the legislature that would put severe restrictions on the political activities of public employees and their unions is generating some spirited debate in Lansing.

Republican Representative Eric Nesbith told a House Committee Tuesday that the bill makes sense because taxpayer resources are being misused for political purposes.

“A school district in my area, that I represent and that’s why I’m testifying, used their publicly funded robo-call system to promote the recall of Governor Rick Snyder,” Nesbith said.

Democrat Tim Bledsoe from Grosse Pointe is among those who opposes the bill, saying it is too broad and would discourage teachers and other public employees from even contacting state lawmakers.

“Can you appreciate that, to some degree, this is going to have a dampening effect on potential whistle-blower activity out there, and is something that we don’t want to discourage?” Bledsoe said.

Democrat Lisa Brown, who represents West Bloomfield, agreed saying the bill would handcuff teachers’ ability to teach kids about government.

“When you get kids involved  at any early age they’re going to be active voters, they’re going to be active participants of our societies,” she said. “I have some concerns of, with this language, that we’re going to have teachers in prison for inviting us to come speak to our kids,” Brown said.

The bill remains in committee.

  • Mouhamad A. Naboulsi

    Just from reading the headline I guessed correctly that the moron behind this effort is a Republican.

    Republicans, especially those who run for office, have appointed themselves as the Sole Litmus tests for what is American, Patriotic, Unnecessary Expense, Moral and Fiscaly responsible.

    This is another step in chipping away at the “Constitutional right” of american to assemble and associate. From Wikepedia for the morons in the house and senate
    (association, is the individual right to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue and defend common interests.[1] The right to freedom of association is recognized as a human right, a political freedom and a civil liberty.

    Freedom of assembly and freedom of association may be used to distinguish between the freedom to assemble in public places and the freedom of joining an association. Freedom of assembly is often used in the context of the right to protest, while freedom of association is used in the context of labor rights and the Constitution of the United States, is interpreted to mean both the freedom to assemble and the freedom to join an association.[2][not in citation given]

    In the United States constitution, it states ‘the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.'”).

    as long as the state employee are not outsorced laborers in Katmandu, they have the right to what you are opposing. if anyone is abusing their position, We do not need new laws (Mr. No big government Nisbet) and they should be prosecuted individually and if found guilty they’ll get their punishment.

    I am as mad as hell and I think the Republican party is a criminal conspiracy againt the rights of the people. Evidence is as presented.

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