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GOP bills would weaken powers of incoming Michigan Democrats

Michigan State Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Democratic Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson ran in part on a pledge to advocate for election transparency, so the public knows more about spending that influences races and ballot drives.

But before she even takes office next month, her duty to oversee Michigan's campaign-finance system could be gone -- stripped if a new Republican-sponsored bill is enacted. The legislation would create a bipartisan commission to oversee campaign finance and is among several new measures being considered by the GOP-led Legislature in the final weeks before Democrats take over the governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices.

They have not jointly held the top three jobs in 28 years, and Republicans are moving to weaken their powers in certain areas. Benson says the bill is an example of "extreme partisanship."

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