Michigan Supreme Court, March 22, 2019 | Susan J. Demas
The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday announced it will hear oral arguments next month on a 2018 Republican law that clamps down on the process for citizen-led ballot initiatives.
Arguments are scheduled for March 11 in League of Women Voters v. Secretary of State. In 2018, three progressive ballot measures passed. During Lame Duck, Republicans sought to tighten the process and passed legislation that said no more than 15% of signatures for citizen-led petitions can come from a single congressional district. Then-Gov. Rick Snyder signed it into law.
The Court of Appeals last month chucked the 15% cap, as well as other provisions.
“Setting a 15% geographic limitation serves to take power out of the hands of the people and requires, in essence, a pre-vote of agreement in a certain number of congressional districts as to whether or not a matter should be put to a general vote. This places the cart before the horse and unduly burdens the initiative and petition process,” the judges wrote.
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