State Rep. Ken Borton today testified before the House Elections and Ethics Committee in support of his plan to strengthen ethical standards for state legislators by preventing sponsored travel and lodging.
“Elected officials must earn the people’s trust with honorable, ethical actions, and a clear code of conduct helps promote true public service,” said Borton, R-Gaylord. “Banning trips funded by special interests will strengthen the ethical expectations for state legislators.”
Borton’s House Bill 5927 would prohibit state representatives, senators, and their immediate families from soliciting or accepting trips, travel, or lodging from a lobbyist. A legislator who violates the prohibition on sponsored travel would be required to reimburse the full amount.
The legislation builds on previous efforts Borton has supported to expand transparency and heighten ethics rules for the Legislature, governor, and other state officials.
Borton’s plan remains under consideration by the committee.
State Rep. Ken Borton, R-Gaylord, today issued the following statement criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s dubious call for a sales tax suspension on school supplies after she previously vetoed three bipartisan tax relief plans passed by the Legislature:
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