ballot measures

LGBTQ rights group files lawsuit over ballot proposal problems

BY: - May 27, 2020

After moving to an online strategy to collect signatures during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders of an LGBTQ rights ballot proposal said this week they can’t amass enough to qualify for the November ballot — and they are suing the state. The Fair and Equal Michigan campaign sought to ban discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan. […]

As promised, Whitmer vetoes GOP bill cutting her emergency powers

BY: - May 5, 2020

As she said she would, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bill that would have limited her power to extend the state of emergency and disaster during the COVID-19 pandemic or in the future. “I will not sign any bills that constrain my ability to protect the people of Michigan from a deadly pandemic in a […]

Shirkey turns to ballot measure before courts to limit Whitmer’s powers

BY: - May 4, 2020

In an apparent reversal of course, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) has at least temporarily stepped back from the idea of a lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that the GOP-led Legislature authorized Thursday. Now, it appears that Shirkey is instead placing his bets on a ballot petition to reject one of two Michigan laws […]

LGBTQ rights ballot initiative moves ahead with ‘sign online’ strategy

BY: - April 13, 2020

Despite complications with gathering signatures in person due to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, the ballot campaign for an LGBTQ discrimination ban is moving forward with the use of online signatures.  Fair and Equal Michigan wants to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in jobs […]

Graduated income tax campaign suspended 

BY: - March 25, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Fair Tax Michigan campaign suspended signature collection efforts for its ballot initiative for a graduated income tax in November. “While our campaign is suspending our efforts to collect signatures, we are not suspending our campaign for a fair tax system,” the coalition said in a press release Tuesday. “We plan […]

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Anti-lobbying ballot measure folds in 2020

BY: - March 20, 2020

The Coalition to Close Lansing Loopholes has suspended their ballot proposal that would ban all gifts from lobbyists. The coalition sought to put an amendment to the state Constitution limiting corporate lobbyists on the November ballot. The coalition put out a statement saying since the spread of COVID-19 has reached Michigan and disrupted the lives […]

Nobody can gather petition signatures right now. What does that mean for 2020 candidates, ballot questions?

BY: - March 19, 2020

As more people stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve, face-to-face petition gathering for 2020 elections has ground to a halt.  This is a big problem for ballot question committees, which have to gather at least 425,059 valid signatures for constitutional amendments, 340,047 for state statutes and 212,529 for […]

It’s not just Michigan: A state-by-state look at abortion laws across the country 

BY: - February 19, 2020

Two anti-abortion groups have been pushing ballot initiatives since last summer in Michigan, part of a trend of new abortion limits and bans all across the country.  The Michigan Values Life petition, proposed by Right to Life of Michigan, would ban the dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion procedure, which it calls “dismemberment abortion.”  The Michigan […]

Supreme Court to hear ballot measure restriction case in March

BY: - February 15, 2020

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 […]

Appeals court tosses key GOP ballot measure restrictions

BY: - January 27, 2020

A Court of Appeals panel on Monday struck down a key part of a GOP law clamping down on Michigan’s ballot question process after voters passed three progressive measure in 2018. Public Act 608 of 2018 was passed by the Republican-led Legislature during Lame Duck and was signed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder. The most controversial […]

Voters could decide government transparency initiative that includes sweeping lobbying restrictions

BY: - January 23, 2020

Updated, 12:52 p.m., 1/23/19 with comments from Voters Not Politicians A coalition of liberal groups on Thursday filed language with the Board of Canvassers for a constitutional amendment aimed at increasing transparency in government and reducing the power of lobbyists in the state. Michigan is frequently ranked as having some of the weakest ethics and […]

Michigan Supreme Court says it’s too late to rule on GOP minimum wage, sick leave maneuvers

BY: - December 18, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court declined to issue an opinion on the constitutionality of the GOP-led “adopt and amend” tactic used last year to water down legislation for paid sick time and minimum wage increases.   In July, the issue was brought to the Supreme Court through oral arguments from both sides, but the court decided on […]