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.




     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




     (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




     (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




     (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




     (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




     (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.