Jun 24, 2009
Garcia hammered for displaying independence
LANSING – Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, sent a clear message to Sen. Valde Garica, R-Howell, for daring to display some independence, but he will have to wait until next week when Garcia comes back from a two-week stint serving in the Michigan National Guard.
Garcia, the chair of the State Police and Military Affairs Appropriations Sub-Committee, criticized Senate leadership a few weeks ago for not taking up that State Police Budget bill, Senate Bill 253, before he left for a two-week Michigan National Guard obligation, and he also had a plan to save the 100 state trooper jobs. He received a sharp rebuke from Bishop’s mouthpiece for doing so.
He received an even more stinging penalty from Bishop today when he was taken off the Appropriations Committee and replaced with Sen. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac. It was unclear if this is just a temporary move or permanent, or who will serve as chairs of the sub-committees Garcia chairs.
Garcia is an experienced lawmaker, and he was assigned to the Appropriations Committee back in 2003. He also serves as the chair of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Appropriations Sub-Committee. Sub-committee chairs set the spending budget for that state department.