Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, it’s a real knee-slapper. Okay, so you know how Michigan’s “Right to Work” law contains verbatim language from ALEC model bill? ALEC had to be so stoked!
But oops! Their new rushed-through, jammed-in, union-busting law may violate the state constitution, so it may not be able to be implemented.
Reports today show that HB 4003, which the Governor said would provide “Right to Work” type policies for public employees in Michigan, could not be implemented as intended as the Michigan Constitution gives clear authority to the Civil Service Commission over conditions of employment for the state’s workforce. Experts have suggested today only a vote of the Civil Service Commission could enact Right to Work policies for state workers. [...]
“The public was not given an opportunity to read these bills, legislators were not given an opportunity to read these bills, and we now know that the Governor himself either didn’t read or didn’t understand these bills himself,” said Senator Bert Johnson (D – Detroit). “This process has been a complete affront to Democracy from the start and was nothing more than a political gift to the Koch Brothers and ALEC who bought and paid for this legislation.”
Maybe they should have moved a little more slowly and deliberately. And intelligently. And read it. And debated it. And stuff.
Those whacky Republicans and their antics, who knew they could be so amusing? Then again, we’ve been aware for some time that they serve the people well… as very effective punch lines.