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Lakeshore Lawmaker Wants Subpoena Power for Probe


(Lansing, MI - WHTC News) - It’s another battle in the ongoing and apparently never-ending war between the Legislative and Executive branches of government.

The state House Appropriations Committee is looking into why the Michigan Based Home Child Care Council is still operating after it was apparently a casualty of last year’s budget axe. According to Representative Dave Agema, his panel has asked four times for state Department of Human Services officials to testify on the matter, and they had either failed to appear or refused to answer any questions about that program. The Grandville Republican says that such defiance “reeks of lack of accountability and transparency.”

Yesterday, Agema offered a resolution asking that the committee receives subpoena power to compel the DHS to appear and answer questions from the panel. The DHS claims that it can’t cooperate right now due to “pending litigation” against the agency about withholding union dues for home day care providers.

-Gary Stevens, WHTC/WYVN News