ballot measures

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 […]

House Dems want to ensure the Legislature stays out of citizen-led initiatives

BY: - December 12, 2019

As petitions for two anti-abortion ballot initiatives are circulating throughout Michigan, several House Democrats are working to take the Legislature out of the citizen-led initiative process and allow eligible measures to go directly to voters. “Allowing the Legislature to exert its political will on the ballot initiative process undermines the core [tenets] of our democracy,” […]

Gov. backs Reproductive Health Act to repeal anti-abortion laws

BY: - October 29, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced a legislative package to repeal current restrictive reproductive health statutes and add more protections for women’s health.  “When it comes to making decisions on reproductive health care in Michigan, a woman’s decision should be based on medical facts, not political rhetoric or ideology,” Whitmer said at a morning press […]


Susan J. Demas: Infighting, money woes could hurt 2020 progressive change at the ballot box

BY: - September 29, 2019

Last year was a banner year for progressive ballot proposals in Michigan, with measures legalizing marijuana, going after gerrymandering and expanding voting rights all passing easily. And you know it was successful, because the GOP-controlled Legislature promptly clamped down on the process with a Lame Duck law, which a judge last week partly struck down. […]

Judge strikes down key provisions of ballot petition law

BY: - September 27, 2019

Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens has struck down key parts of a GOP law that put restrictions on citizen-led ballot initiatives.  Specifically, Stephens’ order in League of Women Voters of Michigan v. Jocelyn Benson on Friday struck a key part of the law passed last year that stipulates that no more than 15% […]

Corrected: AG opinion on ballot initiative law stands for now*

BY: - September 26, 2019

Updated and corrected on 9/27/19 to accurately reflect the stipulated order.  Judge Cynthia Stephens with the state Court of Claims on Wednesday evening signed a stipulated order in League of Women Voters of Michigan v. Benson.* The order agreed to by attorneys for both parties said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will continue to administer […]