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Legislation Curbing Gubernatorial Powers Moves Forward

Nov 08, 2019

Legislation that would curb a governor’s ability to use the State Administrative Board to transfer funds appropriated by the legislature was reported by the House Government Operations Committee. The bill would limit the amount of money the board could redirect in any one line-item to $200,000 in one budget year.

The legislation was introduced after Governor Gretchen Whitmer transferred $625 million in appropriations last month, following a budget impasse with the House and Senate.  Negotiation are ongoing between the governor and House and Senate leadership on both limiting the governor’s authority to transfer funds using the Board and re-appropriating some of the funds that were shifted, and the funds left on the table that the governor vetoed. The bill has been referred to the House floor for consideration.

The State Administrative Board oversees all administrative activities of state departments and agencies, including the approval of contracts and leases. The board’s membership is comprised of the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, and the director of the department of transportation.

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