The State Senate has reported a package of bills that strips campaign finance oversight from the Secretary of State and puts it into  the hands of an independent bipartisan commission. This move would reduce the power and responsibilities of the Secretary-elect Jocelyn Benson.

Senate Bills 1248-1252 were reported along the party-line votes and create the Fair Political Practices Commission within the Department of State. The proposed commission would consist of three members recommended by the governor from the governor’s political party and three members of the opposing political party. No more than three members of one political party would be allowed to serve and members would be able to serve two four-year terms and would be eligible to be re-appointed after two terms after a period of four years.

Banned from serving on the commission would be those holding elected office, staff or paid employees of a candidate for elected office, lobbyists and those who are not registered Michigan voters. Commission members would also be banned from making political contributions to anyone running for office or solicit contributions from anyone.

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