Senator Whitmer, under her constitutional right of protest (Art. 4, Sec. 18), protested against the passage of Senate Bill No. 861 and moved that the statement she made during the discussion of the bill be printed as her reasons for voting “no.”
The motion prevailed.
Senator Whitmer’s statement is as follows:
Like many things that we have seen tonight, I was originally inclined to support this bill, but when the Senator from Holland got his hands on it, it changed dramatically. This went from a Promise Zone bill to a charter school bill, and this is a fundamental change in the bill. This type of gamesmanship is what gives lame duck the negative connotation that we have all grown to loathe. I am opposed to this bill, and I strongly suggest that you consider being opposed as well.