|Michigan House Chair of the Standing |
Committee for Families, Children & Seniors
Privateer Daire Rendon
Below, is notice, pursuant to the Open Meetings Act to the rescheduling of the House Standing Committee Meeting of Families, Children, and Seniors, Rep. Daire Rendon, Chair.
I was planning on attending, submitting a formal statement, requesting time for public comment, and encouraging people to attend and do the same...but noooooo.
You see, the Open Meetings Act mandates that there is a minimum 18 hours posted advanced notice of the meeting.
This notice was emailed at 1:43 p.m., on March 1, 2017, exactly 2 hours and 47 minutes over the wire.
This is about the time it takes for one to drive during rush hour to the state's capitol, park, find the venue, and be seated.
"The Poors" were intentionally excluded as travel to the capitol is quite expensive and needs more than 21 hour notice to arrange transportation, whether it be public or private.
Now, consider this:
This meeting is what is considered the introduction of the Department of Health and Human Services administration to define and explain the operations of the Department.
Administrators will formally introduce themselves to the newly sworn Representatives and present their duties and roles within the DHHS.
Mind you, DHHS field operations is supposed to provide services to "The Poors", which is about half the state, so, what we have here is an issue of disenfranchisement.
I wonder if they are going to speak upon how the consolidation of DHHS offices is cutting the disabled, veterans, elderly and children from SNAP benefits, without due process.
Will Medicaid fraud in child welfare be discussed? Probably not.
Will human trafficking, because people just want to survive when the state cuts social assistance, be discussed? Probably not.
Is it possible for me, of all people, to generate and submit a formal statement into the public record?
Absolutely, because I have a blog, otherwise, it is not happening.
In the past, there was always included in the public notice instruction for the opportunity to submit public comment, but not in this administration nor in this legislature.
So, without further adieu, allow me to introduce myself to the Standing Committee of Families, Children, and Seniors, and Rep. Daire Rendon, Chair.
Excluding the public from public meetings is the first stage of stripping voting rights, or, more readily understood as privatization.
NOTE: I am not going to give Rep. Daire Rendon a pass as she has been around for a hot minute.
We want more than minutes of the meeting, we want video, published, and social media is acceptable. We want opportunity for public comment or I will do it for you.
Oops, I, like, totally forgot to mention that any requests for video recording must be made more than 24 hours in advance.
Drats, foiled again by privateers!
DATE: Thursday, March 2, 2017
TIME: 10:30 AM
PLACE: Room 327, House Office Building, Lansing, MI
Presentation regarding human services from Terry Beurer, Deputy Director of Field Operations for the Department of Health and Human Services.
OR ANY BUSINESS PROPERLY BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE
To view text of legislation go to: (Do not waste your time on the link and there is no legislation before the committee, or if there is, it is not identified in the link)
Committee Clerk: Taylor Thrush
Individuals needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting may contact the Chair's office.
Schedule changes or cancellations available at http://www.house.mi.gov/
3/1/2017 <=== This is the date of publication. Seriously.
Voting is beautiful, be beautiful ~ vote.©