We believe Michigan Farm Bureau should encourage all members to register to vote. We also believe MFB should continue efforts to provide education and information on elections and supply candidate information.
We encourage Farm Bureau members to become precinct delegates, and MFB to conduct educational training on becoming a precinct delegate.
Campaign reform is overdue and should be established at all levels of government and address all elements of campaigning. We recommend:
We support the following ballot process reforms:
Current term limits have been successful in cycling new people into public service as State legislators. However, this turnover occurs too quickly for those elected to amass the required experience to become the leaders we need. Therefore, we recommend extending the number of terms for State Representatives up to 6 two-year terms and State Senators up to 3 four-year terms. As the Legislature is reluctant to approach this subject, we propose that MFB investigate working with other organizations to initiate a petition drive to accomplish this.
MFB opposes the concept of a part-time legislature.
Special elections accrue high costs for local taxpayers.
We encourage MFB members to be knowledgeable about ballot proposals.