House Democrats sue to restore voters’ voice

House Democrats have sued House Republicans to force them to recognize their requests for a roll call vote on the immediate effect of bills. House Minority Leader Richard Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Twp.), House Minority Floor Leader Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek), and Reps. Stanley (D-Flint), Meadows (D-East Lansing), Lindberg (D-Marquette) and Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) are plaintiffs in the suit.

Ingham Circuit Judge Clinton Canady III will preside over a show cause hearing on April 2. Canady is still reviewing the Democrat’s request for a temporary restraining order that could void recent votes on HB 4246 to ban the unionization of graduate student research assistants and HB 5063 requiring future ballot proposals to go through the Bureau of Elections before circulation.

In their lawsuit, House Democrats claim that instead of allowing the legislative process to take place as it should under the state constitution, Republicans have avoided counting votes when they haven’t had the necessary votes to support immediate effect.

House Democrats tried filing signatures for their requests for roll call votes, but the signatures were turned down by House Republicans.

This lawsuit and subsequent decision would restore the voice of Michigan residents who have been silenced by the actions of House Republicans elected to represent voters.