Compliance and Accountability Committee, Michigan State Senate
Per Rule 1.105 of the Senate Rules, committees in the Michigan State Senate are appointed by the Majority Leader unless otherwise called for by the Senate. Committees are appointed at the beginning of every two-year legislative session. All appointments to standing committees and subcommittees made by the Majority Leader must be approved by the Senate. The Majority Leader shall make appointments of minority members from a list submitted by the Minority Leader; while the Majority Leader can partially reject the list, the Minority Leader shall submit other nominations. The first person named to a committee will serve as chair; the second will serve as majority vice chair, and all others shall rank in the order they were named. The first minority member named shall serve as minority vice chair. In the absence of the chair and the majority vice chair, the highest ranking member present will preside as acting chair. A committee member, but not a chairperson, who has been absent for a significant period of time may be replaced by the Majority Leader until he or she returns.
See rules: Senate Rules
|“|| "The rules of the Senate and House do not describe the jurisdiction of the individual standing committees except that all Senate bills involving an appropriation must be referred either directly to the appropriations committee or to an appropriate standing committee and then to the appropriations committee. Traditionally, the assignment of bills follows topical lines.
[The] primary function of the standing committees is to consider legislation....
A release from the office of founding chair Arlan Meekhof (R) described the committee as being "created to examine the implementation and application of laws passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. This committee will also focus on instances in which the rights of individuals are being affected due to laws being violated or potentially misinterpreted."
The committee was seen by those on both sides of the right-to-work issue as being formed with the intent to investigate the Michigan Education Association over limitations on membership withdrawals.
The following table describes committee membership at the committee's formation.
|Compliance and Accountability Members, 2013|
|Democratic members (1)||Republican members (3)|
|• Hoon-Yung Hopgood, Vice-chair||• Arlan Meekhof, Chair|
|• Jack Brandenburg, Vice-chair|
|• Tonya Schuitmaker|
- Michigan Senate Republicans, "Meekhof announces new Senate committee," November 7, 2013. Accessed January 23, 2014
- Michigan Senate, "Senate Rules," accessed January 22, 2014 Rule 1.105
- Michigan Senate, "Senate Rules," accessed January 22, 2014 Rule 2.105
- Michigan Legislature, "2013 Legislative Government Briefing Book," accessed January 22, 2014 p. 31
- Macomb Daily, "Right-to-work panel targets Michigan Education Association"
- Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Bipartisan Senate Panel To Investigate Possible MEA Right-to-Work Violations," November 8, 2013. Accessed January 23, 2014
- Eclectablog, "Michigan GOP forms special committee to continue attacks on teachers," November 12, 2013. Accessed January 23, 2014