Silencing female legislators is misconduct in office and abuse of discretion.
Michigan NOW condemns the action of House Speaker Jase Bolger, Speaker Pro Tempore John Walsh, and Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas to deny the right of Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum to speak on the House floor yesterday. The women were silenced for the day based on a trumped-up charge of “lack of decorum” during Wednesday’s consideration of HB 5711, a bill which would close down most abortion clinics in Michigan with onerous and expensive over-regulation.
The decision by the Republican House leadership to discipline the two female legislators constitutes misconduct in office and abuse of power. It is Republican leadership who should be disciplined, not Reps. Brown and Byrum.
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