HOUSE BILL No. 5287

 

February 11, 2014, Introduced by Reps. Irwin, Slavens, Barnett, LaVoy and Schor and referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

 

     A bill to create the Michigan progress board; to provide for

 

its operation; to impose duties on certain state and local

 

officials; and to make recommendations and make certain reports.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1. As used in this act:

 

     (a)"Department" means the department of technology,

 

management, and budget.

 

     (b) "Michigan progress board" or "board" means the Michigan

 

progress board created under section 2.

 

     Sec. 2. (1) The Michigan progress board is created within the

 

executive office of the governor. The executive office of the

 

governor shall provide staff for the board and shall carry out the

 

administrative duties and functions as directed by the board.


 

     (2) The Michigan progress board shall consist of the following

 

members:

 

     (a) The governor, or the governor's delegee, who shall serve

 

as chairperson of the board.

 

     (b) Nine members appointed by the governor, who shall be

 

representative of this state in ethnic, cultural, social, and

 

economic diversity and with not less than 5 of those members who

 

shall be residents of different congressional districts in this

 

state.

 

     (c) The director of the department of technology, management,

 

and budget, as a nonvoting member.

 

     (d) A high school or college student who resides in this state

 

selected by the governor, who shall serve at the pleasure of the

 

governor, as a nonvoting member.

 

     (e) One member of the house of representatives selected by the

 

speaker of the house of representatives.

 

     (f) One member of the senate selected by the majority leader

 

of the senate.

 

     (3) Members of the board approved by the governor shall be

 

appointed for terms of 4 years or until a successor is appointed,

 

whichever is later, except that of the members first appointed 2

 

shall be appointed for 1 year, 4 shall be appointed for 2 years,

 

and 4 shall be appointed for 3 years.

 

     (4) If a vacancy occurs on the board, the vacancy shall be

 

filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original

 

appointment.

 

     (5) The first meeting of the board shall be called by the


 

governor. At the first meeting, the board shall elect from among

 

its members a vice-chairperson and other officers as it considers

 

necessary or appropriate. After the first meeting, the board shall

 

meet at least quarterly, or more frequently at the call of the

 

chairperson or if requested by 6 or more members.

 

     (6) A majority of the members of the board constitute a quorum

 

for the transaction of business at a meeting of the board. A

 

majority of the members present and serving are required for

 

official action of the board.

 

     (7) The business that the board may perform shall be conducted

 

at a public meeting of the board held in compliance with the open

 

meetings act, 1976 PA 267, MCL 15.261 to 15.275.

 

     (8) A writing prepared, owned, used, in the possession of, or

 

retained by the board in the performance of an official function is

 

subject to the freedom of information act, 1976 PA 442, MCL 15.231

 

to 15.246.

 

     (9) Members of the board shall serve without compensation.

 

However, members of the board may be reimbursed for their actual

 

and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their

 

official duties as members of the board.

 

     (10) The Michigan progress board shall develop an initial

 

strategy for this state that addresses the economic, social,

 

cultural, environmental, and other needs and aspirations of the

 

people of this state. The initial strategy developed by the board

 

shall address issues that the board determines are necessary and

 

appropriate to Michigan's future, which issues shall include all of

 

the following:


 

     (a) Education.

 

     (b) Workforce development.

 

     (c) Public and private cooperation.

 

     (d) Environmental quality.

 

     (e) Infrastructure maintenance.

 

     (f) Funding and taxation.

 

     (g) Quality of life.

 

     (h) Such other issues as the board, by majority vote, shall

 

add to the initial strategy.

 

     (11) After developing the initial strategy, the board shall

 

hold public hearings, public meetings, and workshops as needed to

 

ensure the participation of a broad cross section of Michigan's

 

population in consideration of the strategy. The board shall

 

publicize the public hearings, public meetings, and workshops in

 

each city in which they are held and shall allow interested

 

residents and other individuals to appear and be heard by the

 

board.

 

     (12) After considering any written comments and public

 

testimony relating to the proposed strategy, the board shall revise

 

the initial strategy as it considers necessary or appropriate. The

 

board, by a vote of a majority of its members, shall approve and

 

adopt a final strategy. The board shall submit, in addition to its

 

adopted strategy, a summary and digest of comments and public

 

testimony and its response, if any, to those comments. The adopted

 

strategy shall be submitted to each house of the legislature not

 

later than March 15, 2017, and every 8 years thereafter.

 

     (13) As a part of the strategy adopted under this section, the


 

board shall also recommend statutory or other policy changes,

 

including modifications in public fiscal policies and other

 

implementing actions to be carried out by state and local

 

governments, businesses, private citizens, and other organizations.

 

     (14) The board shall, in its adopted strategy, include a

 

series of goals for Michigan's progress for 20 years into the

 

future. The goals shall include measurable indicators of success,

 

as the board shall determine, that show the extent to which each

 

goal is being achieved.

 

     (15) The legislature shall review the goals and make

 

recommendations to amend the strategy and goals. The board may

 

consider recommendations by the legislature as it considers

 

appropriate.

 

     (16) The Michigan progress board shall prepare, at least once

 

each biennium, a report that describes Michigan's progress toward

 

achievement of the board's strategy, based on the Michigan

 

benchmarks the board adopts for measuring the attainment of

 

strategic goals. The board shall review the Michigan benchmarks

 

each biennium and make any modification necessary to improve the

 

accuracy or comprehensiveness of the measures. The report shall

 

include an analysis of issues and trends of strategic significance

 

and shall propose key steps that this state should take over the

 

following 2 years to build for Michigan's future. The board shall

 

submit the report to each house of the legislature for review.