Senate Has No Plans to Move on National Popular Vote Bill

According to a report in Gongwer, the state Senate has no plans to move on legislation introduced that would promote the National Popular Vote. Two identical bills – Senate Bill 1117, introduced by Senator Hildenbrand (R-29), and House Bill 6323, introduced by State Representative Tim Kelly (R-94) – would join Michigan to the Interstate Compact to Elect the President by National Popular Vote. Under the compact, when states comprising at least 270 electoral votes join the compact, the number needed to elect a president, they would agree to cast their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in the presidential election.

The bill had a testimony hearing, but a spokesperson for the Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-30) said that he has no further plans for the bill. House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-93) also said that there will be no House vote on the House version of the bill.

Supporters of the legislation argue that it would guarantee that all states play a role in a presidential election, avoiding the strategy of focusing on several so-called battleground states that could flip either way.

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