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, firstname.lastname@example.org; 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, email@example.com; 517-373-3816
Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, District 97, firstname.lastname@example.org; 517-373-8962
Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, District 41, email@example.com; 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, firstname.lastname@example.org; 517-373-2577
Rep. Rose Mary C. Robinson, D-Detroit, District 4, email@example.com; 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.