press release
News from the Coalition to Close Lansing Loopholes
February 19, 2020
Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,
Lobbying Reform Effort Gets Board of Canvassers Approval
Coalition to Close Lansing Loopholes to start gathering signatures
LANSING — Today, the Michigan Board of Canvassers approved petition language for the Coalition to Close Lansing Loophole’s effort improve lobbying, transparency and ethics laws in Michigan. The goal of the Coalition is to collect enough valid signatures to qualify for the 2020 November ballot.
“We are pleased to be moving forward with this campaign and will begin gathering signatures right away,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “People from across the state have been reaching out and are excited about this effort to make Michigan government more transparent and accountable. Together, we can ensure that our elected officials are working on behalf of the will of the people, not the whims of corporate lobbyists.”
The Coalition to Close Lansing Loopholes has proposed reforms that will end the revolving door of lawmakers becoming lobbyists, ban all gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers, and enact new lobbying transparency requirements.