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All signs point to death of controversial campaign finance commission bills

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The Legislature’s lame duck session ends Thursday night – and a controversial bill likely won’t make it through.

Legislation passed by the Senate would take away campaign finance oversight from the secretary of state – and instead give it to a bipartisan commission.

The bills were waiting for a committee hearing in the House. Representative Aaron Miller (R-Macomb) chairs the committee. He says his committee won’t take up the bill.

“I think that current process works well. And I think that there were issues with the bills.”

Lawmakers do have the option of discharging the bills to the House floor for a vote – bypassing the committee process.

The only thing a spokesperson for House Republicans would say is, “It’s not on the agenda today."

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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