Update: Accountability....it's what we do!

To keep constituents informed of what is actually happening in Lansing, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV) employs a variety of tactics to hold lawmakers accountable. Recently, we launched the first in a series of targeted accountability websites, supported by field campaigns (aptly named SWATs for Special Weapons and Tactics), in which supporters will be armed with facts about their elected officials and the disparity between their words and actions.

UNLUCKY TARGET #1:

On March 8th, our first target was Senator Mike Bishop. As the Senate Majority Leader and head of the Republican Caucus, Senator Bishop (R-Rochester) has the power to shape the Republican Party agenda in Lansing, which makes him a key player in determining the legislative priorities the state pursues. That’s why Michigan LCV created www.eyeonbishop.com, an online resource for constituents to follow Senator Bishop’s environmental track record. As the website went up, we simultaneously began our field campaign and knocked on doors in Senator Bishop's district to let his constituents know about his record and this new resource.

In the next couple months, the Senate Majority leader will have the ability to act on numerous pieces of environmental legislation. For example, in the immediate future, we will keep an eye out for action or stalling on House Bill 4699, which bans a toxic flame retardant found in many everyday and children's products. Senator Bishop assigned this bill to his Government Operations Committee, which unfortunately, is where good legislation often goes to die.

We encourage Michigan’s citizens to follow our updates on www.eyeonbishop.com (and the other to-be-announced targets), and remind each lawmaker how important it is to Michigan citizens that we attract clean energy jobs while protecting human health and the natural resources that define our state.

Check out our recent media coverage:

*An interview with Bruce Fealk of The Rochester Citizen...

*The Rochester Citizen...

*Michigan Messenger...

*Blogging for Michigan...

*The Conservative Media Blog...

Click here to see Michigan LCV hard at work.....

WHO WILL BE NEXT?

You'll just have to wait and see! But, become a Facebook member of Michigan LCV today, and you can get a sneak peak of who the next lucky target will be!