Michigan Legislative Consultants

Changes to Ballot Initiatives Proposed

Dec 13, 2019

Members of the House Democratic Caucus announced a proposal changing the way that citizen-led ballot initiatives are handled in Michigan. Under current law, once a citizen’s initiative is validated for having the required number of signatures, the legislature can take a vote on the measure, or if they choose not to act it would go […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Controversial Adopt and Amend

Jun 28, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on July 17 regarding the legality of the legislature adopting a ballot initiative, only to amend it shortly thereafter. Specifically, this case deals with the ballot initiatives changing the state’s minimum wage and sick time leave laws, which were headed for the ballot in 2018. As allowable […]

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House and Senate File Lawsuit Challenging Attorney General Opinion

Jun 07, 2019

This week, the Michigan House and Senate filed two lawsuits against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for refusing to follow the 2018 petition initiative law that Attorney General Dana Nessel declared unconstitutional through an official opinion. The 2018 law, passed by the legislature and approved by former Governor Rick Snyder, required that not more than […]

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Attorney General Opinion States Signature Collection Reforms Unconstitutional

May 24, 2019

In her most recent opinion, Attorney General Dana Nessel determined that portions of Public Act 608 of 2018, which made changes to laws governing signature collections, is unconstitutional. Passed at the end of the last session, the reforms were controversial throughout the process. After taking office, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson requested an opinion on […]

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Secretary of State Requests AG Opinion on Initiative and Referendum Process

Jan 25, 2019

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has requested an opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel on the constitutionality of changes to Michigan’s initiative and referendum process that was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor in December 2018. Within Public Act 608, Secretary Benson is specifically asking the Attorney General to determine the constitutionality […]

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House Passes Changes to Petition Requirements

Dec 14, 2018

This week, legislation introduced by Representative Jim Lower (R-Cedar Lake) making changes to the state’s ballot petition process was passed by the House. The plan makes changes to the process of collecting signatures to get an item placed on the ballot. The legislation, as passed by the House: Requires not more than 15% of certified […]

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Before You Get the Munchies, Know When the Proposals Become Law

Dec 05, 2018

Michigan voters approved three proposals during the November 6th election.  The first proposal has the intent of regulating marihuana like alcohol at the state level, the second authorizes the creation of an independent redistricting commission and the last one allows for greater access to voting. The first proposal was a legislative initiative because it creates […]

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Michigan Ballot Proposals Go Three-for-Three

Nov 16, 2018

Last week Michigan voters approved of all three ballot proposals, making sweeping changes to elections, voting, and marijuana in the state. Proposal 1: Recreational Marijuana Allows for the personal possession and use of marijuana for those over the age of 21 Allows for cultivation and sale of marijuana for those over the age of 21 […]

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