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Legislative Committee Subpoena Power Bill Moves to Senate

Posted on June 3, 2015 by Dene Westbrook

The House of Representatives voted out HB 4522, a bill providing legislative committees dealing with review of auditor general reports power to subpoena local units of government and schools.

The ability to subpoena local records is already allowed under Act 118 of 1931 by a resolution of the full house/senate.  This legislation would give authority to the committee that receives and reviews auditor general reports (the Oversight committee in this case) to subpoena witnesses by a vote of the committee  and not the full house/senate.

The League, along with the Michigan Townships Association, Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Sheriff’s Association and school organizations, is opposed to this legislation.

Nikki Brown is a legislative associate for the League handling economic development, land use and municipal services issues.  She can be reached at nbrown@mml.org or 517-908-0305.

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