When folks around the state know what is going on, they are better prepared to act.
Gary Glenn knows that pressure from those back home can bring about action when bills are slowed down in the committee process. Recently, he sends this out in an email blast:
The purpose for this email is to bring to your attention House Bill 4847, which would restore Michigan citizens’ constitutionally-guaranteed right to a jury trial, including on lawsuits filed against the state.
Specifically, HB 4847 would allow any citizen of Michigan to sue the state on any matter and demand a trial by jury in their district of residence.
As provided by our state constitution, Michigan residents already have a right to have any lawsuit brought by them to be heard by a jury of their peers. However, that right has not been upheld by the current system in which lawsuits against the state are currently heard by the Court of Claims, which provides no trial by jury.
HB 4847 would right this wrong and put in statute what is already in our state constitution.
I urge you to take action today by contacting the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, as well as all members on the committee, to ask them to allow HB 4847 to be taken up for a hearing and subsequent vote. This could be accomplished via a phone call as well as an email. The contact information for committee members are as follows:
Chairman Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Twp., District 39, email@example.com; 517-373-1799
Majority Vice-Chair Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Twp., District 36, PeterLucido@house.mi.gov; 517-373-0843
Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, District 20, firstname.lastname@example.org; 517-373-3816
Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, District 97, email@example.com; 517-373-8962
Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, District 41, firstname.lastname@example.org; 517-373-1783
Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, District 105, TristonCole@house.mi.gov; 517-373-0829
Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, District 44, JimRunestad@house.mi.gov; 517-373-2616
Minority Vice-Chair, Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, District 53, email@example.com; 517-373-2577
Rep. Rose Mary C. Robinson, D-Detroit, District 4, firstname.lastname@example.org; 517-373-1008
Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, District 6, StephanieChang@house.mi.gov; 517-373-0823
Rep. Vanessa Guerra, D-Saginaw, District 95, VanessaGuerra@house.mi.gov; 517-373-0152
I hope you will contact these legislators today. If they hear from you, they will know that HB 4847 is a bill that they need to act on immediately. Thank you.
Funny, that piety-based jagoff could blame himself if it went to the floor and, lost by two votes, which is a reality.
Given that the state has no sympathy whatsoever for both people and issues which they even admittedly bring on themselves..how about supporting the above simple effort..and making an even larger commitment for this December?
1) Subscribe to the Michigan Votes Update (do it).
2) Determine the date which Snyder/legislators knew about Flint vs when they admitted so and choose the former.
3) Take a hard look at all legislation PROPOSED since that date.
4) Pick the 10 most egregious and generational crushing proposals having any chance of passing while remembering that the MiGOP will 'still' be throwing bones to the Dems in the lame duck (or much worse).
5) List here or decide for yourself which of those votes would force you/your family to IMMEDIATELY march on Lansing should they 'discreetly' be floated at the 11th hour (which they will).
6) Make history HAPPEN vs allowing our children's future be steamrolled during these critical legislative sessions vs claiming afterwards that "we never saw it coming".
The 10 (even "50" is easier than pie now while "100" will definitely be by December) ) very WORST proposals during 2014-16 (or earlier) that are currently be lined up for this lame duck.
Or better yet...have your KIDS list 'em as THEY are the ones who will soon deal with the very first coordinated opposition party lame duck in American history (forgive me if a political party somewhere else has had this much sway over another during an election year).
Not sure if you're autistic or good at subtle humor.
"..Not sure if you're autistic or good at subtle humor.."
Even the God-blessed treasures that are our autistic brothers and sisters can't apparently escape.
May God Bless you, CS...and I'm speaking for every Christian (most likely including yourself) who doesn't necessarily mean what they say (either) when sincerely speaking of this grace.
You're determined to remove doubt, I see.
This would be a very good start. There are two types of courts--Constitutional and legislative. Probate, Family, Court of Claims--all the administrative courts and the new corporate courts are legislative courts. The only constitutional right in Legislative courts is maybe the right to timely notice the least available right under due process. I rigorously fought the Family Court legislation and even testified during public comment at the Michigan Supreme Court against it. Everything I stated in my comments, are exactly what has occurred. I also fought the switch to civil infractions, clearly designed to usurp constitutionally protected rights to due process, to have evidence for and against you, the right to bring witnesses and most importantly jury trials.
The Family Court began when the Feds dangled Women Against Violence Act (WAVA) funding. Constitutional Courts cannot take grants and outside funding to maintain an impartial trier of fact. In order to secure these hideous grants, a legislative court had to be created. The first paragraph in the law creating this legislative court has this language in it. Michigan was one of the last states to create this legislative court--having the knowledge that Family Courts all over the country were failing the people. The downfall of our court system is literally tied to receiving these grants.
Now we have drug courts, Vet courts, etc., and the document signed agreeing to succumb to these courts' jurisdiction is that you waive your constitutional rights. Why would anyone waive any constitutional guarantees. And even if you're lucky to be in a constitutional civil court, the legislature has mandated that before you see a jury, there's mediation, arbitration, etc.; and, failing to accept these type forced settlement has heavy sanctions if the jury comes back with a lessor amount.
The only time one can exert constitutional rights is criminal matters. Matters which were formerly handled in Constitutional Courts, are now civil infractions affording no semblance of constitutional protection handled in legislative courts.
As for me, I routinely ask where did I waived my constitutional rights in writing? Constitutions are contracts thus waiving of rights requires your signature. If you don't know your rights, you don't have them. "Nuff said.