Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, last week introduced legislation to improve transparency between state government and the public and to hold government officials guilty of misconduct accountable.
Glenn’s measure, House Bill 5981, would establish a state employee ombudsman to investigate and evaluate reports of suspected misconduct.
“Government officials must be held accountable for their actions,” Glenn said. “Michigan taxpayers deserve to know they can trust what goes on in our state government, and this legislation will make sure those who break the law are held accountable.”
Under the legislation, the ombudsman could start an investigation based on his or her own initiative or if tipped off by a state employee whistleblower. The ombudsman would establish procedures for receiving and processing complaints, conducting investigations, holding hearings, and reporting findings of investigations.
“This bill will create a more open and accountable state government,” Glenn said. “Earlier this month, Gov. Whitmer vetoed a bill that would’ve offered protection to state employees who report suspicious activity, which passed the House and Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. My legislation is taking another run at reform from a different angle, not only helping create greater transparency between state government and the taxpayers who fund it, but ensuring whistleblowers who report bureaucratic misconduct or incompetence to the new ombudsman in confidence are protected from reprisal.”
Rep. Glenn says the 2021 School Aid budget approved by the Legislature and now moving to the Governor fulfills her top goal: protecting funding for the children of Bay and Midland Counties.
Rep. Annette Glenn, appeared Wednesday to have broken a year-long partisan log jam between competing versions of Democratic and Republican legislation to strengthen protections for state employee whistleblowers who report misuse of state funds, violations of state law, or other official misconduct by the state agencies for whom they work.
Rep. Glenn talks about breaking a year-long partisan log jam between competing versions of Democratic and Republican legislation to strengthen protections for state employee whistleblowers who report misuse of state funds, violations of state law, or other official misconduct by the state agencies for whom they work.