Finances of Lawmakers Who Pass Laws Not Known
Thu, 07 Dec 2017 06:01:40 EST
The state of Michigan may become the only state where legislators pass and reject laws without the public knowing about their personal finances.
47 states already require financial disclosures from lawmakers with two other states in the process of mandating the requirement.
Government watchdogs call Michigan's policy an embarrassment. In theory, they feel lawmakers could vote on things or develop policy that improves their own well being, and be a direct conflict of interest.
Representatives may abstain from a vote and declare a conflict of interest, but that rarely happens.