Michigan GOP Introduces Bill That Would Imprison Teachers For Sending Political Emails

Author: September 29, 2011 8:04 am

Republicans in Michigan are pushing legislation that would have serious consequences for union workers such as teachers. The GOP led House of Representatives in the state have introduced a bill that would imprison union members for sending political emails using publicly owned email services.

The consequences for violating the law include a $10,000 fine for an organization, and a $1,000 fine and one-year imprisonment for an individual.

You’re probably wondering if this is a joke. Well, you’d be wrong. This is very real. Republicans are seriously pushing this law in a blatant violation of Constitutional rights.

The Michigan Education Association, a union representing the state’s teachers, said the bill was “political payback” after a conservative activist lost a legal battle over the use of a school district’s email service for union lobbying efforts. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled the emails were not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.


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In a statement, the Michigan Education Association said, “This is more than just another blatant attack on public workers and their unions. This is an unconstitutional attack on every citizen’s right to freedom of speech and freedom of association.”

Basically, this law would put teachers and other union workers in prison for sending a political email. If the Republican war on unions wasn’t already bad enough, now they want to outlaw your right to freedom of speech and association if you are part of one.

What’s next, Republicans? Are you going to put me in prison for writing this political article? I bet if it were about Democrats you’d be perfectly fine with that. But since it’s clearly about the fascist tactics of the Republican Party, you have a problem with that. This assault by Republicans is nothing more than a witch hunt and an egregious assault on the Constitution. The GOP is raping the Constitution, pure and simple, and they know it. Even thinking about violating someone’s constitutionally protected freedom of speech and association should be treason. This is hypocrisy as well, since Republicans constantly rant about how the Constitution was written to protect the American people from government. I guess that doesn’t matter when Republicans are the government.

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3 Comments

  • “(a) Engaging in any lobbying during school hours or other paid
    work time.

    (b) Expending public funds of the school district,intermediate school district, or public school academy or using a computer, computer program, telecommunications device, electronic mail system, office supply, vehicle, or any other public resource owned or under the control of the school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy for any lobbying.

    (c) Sending any political or lobbying literature or other materials home with pupils or involving pupils in lobbying in any
    way during school hours.”

    http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2011-HB-4869

    The Bill says nothing about imprisonment or fines; it amends a school code already in affect.

  • Richard S. Drake

    There are usually restrictions on the use of such email, and they are generally enforced. Those without knowledge of such lists may think they are hotbeds of radicalism, but that is hardly the case.

    This is just another case of political brutality on the part of those who are unwilling to take a chance that any political opposition exists.

    Pushing views on children? Children HAVE views, and many of them have views 100 percent different from their parents – which they arrive at with no help from teachers.

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