Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Senator David Jaye - Senate Reprimand - Macomb County

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Senator David Jaye - Ousted from Michigan Senate [May 24, 2001]

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Senator David Jaye - Arrested for assaulting fiancee [April 12, 2001]

Senator David Jaye - Sentenced for March 05, 2000 drunk driving charge

Senator David Jaye - Drunk driving charge [2000]

 
On June 12, 2000, Senator David Jaye pleaded guilty to a drunk driving offense March 2000]. On June 20, the Senate stripped Jaye of  his committee assignments . He was also barred from state-paid business travel that would take him out of state, until next year. Senator Jaye's assignments were restored to him on March 27, 2001 after he completed an alcohol rehab program. Less than three weeks later, Jaye was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend [April 12, 2001].


     

Senator Jaye Gets Assignments Restored
Republican Stripped Of Duties After Pleading Guilty To Drunken Driving
March 27, 2001
Click On Detroit

State Sen. David Jaye had his committee assignments restored Tuesday after completing an alcohol rehabilitation program.

Jaye, a Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township, Mich., was stripped of his Senate duties in June after pleading guilty to drunken driving. .He was charged with driving on a restricted license six months later, but was cleared of those charges last week

Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow restored Jaye as Chairman of the Senate Hunting, Fishing and Forestry Committee.

Jaye will also return to his membership on the Economic Development, International Trade and Regulatory Affairs Committee, the Families, Mental Health and Human Services Committee and the Senate Financial Services Committee.

Neither DeGrow nor Jaye commented on the restored positions.

                   










Taking on an easy target is no real leadership
June 29, 2000
Record-Eagle

Toward the end of the latest legislative session, the leader of the Senate determined that a fellow senator had so embarrassed their institution that he had to be disciplined.

Sen. Dan DeGrow, the leader, stripped Sen. David Jaye, the embarrassment, of his committee assignments. That left Jaye with the ability to vote, thus representing his constituents, but without any real power.

DeGrow took this action because Jaye had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, second-offense operating under the influence of alcohol. "The Senate needed to take action," DeGrow said, adding that the decision was his alone.

Jaye, a 42-year-old Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township, has embarrassed the Senate before. He is the one you can count on to have the most extreme position on almost any bill and to make sure that everyone knows how he feels about things.

If there is an issue on which everybody can agree, it is that drunken driving is not good. The liquor companies discourage it; the laws prohibit it; the editorial writers condemn it without fear of getting a letter in rebuttal.

So it should come as no surprise that the senate leader also is appalled at the action of one of his colleagues. The question remains, however, if what he did was fair or wise or even useful.

Jaye, after all, is paying the price that others pay when they run afoul of the law. He will lose time and money; he could lose his license; he may even end up in jail.

Some people lose their jobs after a drunk driving conviction, but most do not. Most employers, especially those who consider themselves somewhat enlightened, understand that alcoholism is a condition best treated with treatment. If the courts handle the punishment, which they appear to be doing in Jaye's case, then the job of the employer is not to add to the punishment but to do something to prevent it from happening again.

The Senate, in this case, is not even Jaye's employer. He is employed by his constituents and they, for reasons it has been hard to understand, have consistently given him the job he wants in Lansing.

There appear to be no rules guiding the leader's decision. He just felt that he had to do something, so he did it. But that's not fair to voters, who never were told that they might be throwing away their vote if their candidate somehow crossed an ethical line that nobody had yet drawn.

And if DeGrow or other legislative leaders really want to do something about embarrassing behavior, they can expand their horizons into areas that are not already being punished by another branch of government.

They could go after the legislators who waste our time and money proposing bills to name the official state this and the official state that. Nobody needs them, nobody wants to waste the time and money. They can go after the intransigents who hold up all of the state's business just so they can lobby for a particular favorite cause. It happened with the telecommunications bill and DeGrow declined to strip that committee chairman of his powers, powers that clearly he was abusing to the detriment of everybody in the state.

Leaders should operate under clear rules, not make them up as they go along. They should apply the rules fairly with an eye toward setting a consistent standard. Slapping a drunk driver is easy. Taking on the more damaging excesses in the Legislature is the real test of leadership.

                   









David Jaye: Senate punishments appropriate for offense
June 22, 2000
Detroit Free Press

State Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow took entirely appropriate action in stripping fellow Republican Sen. David Jaye of committee assignments because of Jaye's guilty plea to a charge of drunken driving. DeGrow also grounded Jaye, forbidding him from state-paid travel outside Michigan. DeGrow's actions stop short of depriving Jaye's constituents of their chosen senator but stand up for the integrity of the chamber at a time when cynicism about politics...

                 












Senator Loses Committee Jobs
June 21, 2000
By From Tribune News Services.

LANSING, MICHIGAN — State Sen. David Jaye was stripped of his committee assignments Tuesday, a week after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow (R-Port Huron) said Jaye will give up all committee assignments for the rest of the year and be barred from state-paid out-of-state business travel until next year.

"The Senate needed to take action," DeGrow said, adding that the decision was his alone.

Jaye, a 42-year-old Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township, was arrested March 5 and charged with second-offense operating under the influence of alcohol.

A test showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.11, slightly above the legal limit of 0.10 for drunken driving. On June 12, Jaye pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor count, which carries a 5- to 100-day jail sentence and fine. His license may also be suspended or revoked at his July 13 sentencing. Under DeGrow's sanctions, Jaye no longer will be the chairman of the Senate's Hunting, Fishing and Forestry Committee. He also will lose his seat on three others: Economic Development, International Trade and Regulatory Affairs; Families, Mental Health and Human Services; and Financial Services.

                 










Senator stripped of privileges facing jail for driving drunk, he's sidelined at job
June 21, 2000
Detroit Free Press

While state Sen. David Jaye waits to learn how much freedom he could lose for his third drunken-driving offense, he has been stripped of all committee assignments and barred from state-paid business travel for the rest of the year. Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow, a Republican from Port Huron, made the decision Tuesday to levy the sanctions after consulting with some Senate members. DeGrow informed Jaye. The sanctions were in effect Tuesday. He said Jaye was disappointed but...

                     










Jaye Stripped Of Committee Assignments
Senator Pleads Guilty To Drunken Driving Charge
Click On Detroit
June 20, 2000
Updated 11:21 p.m. EDT

LANSING -- State Sen. David Jaye was stripped of his committee assignments Tuesday, a week after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow, (R) Port Huron, said Jaye will give up all committee assignments for the rest of the year. He will also be barred from state-paid business travel that would take him out of state, until next year.

"The Senate needed to take action," DeGrow said. The decision was his alone, he added.

Jaye, 42, is a Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township was arrested March 5 in Macomb Township and charged with second-offense operating under the influence of alcohol.

A test showed his blood-alcohol level was .11, above the legal limit of .10 for drunken driving.

Jaye pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count on June 12, which carries a five- to 100-day jail sentence and fine. His license may also be suspended or revoked at his sentencing, set for July 13.

After his arrest Jaye said he has maintained a 100 percent attendance record in the Senate while attending alcohol abuse treatment. And, the senator says he plans to have family and friends drive him to work if he loses his license because of the ordeal.

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