Attorney General says new law covering petition drives is unconstitutional

Published: May. 22, 2019 at 5:12 PM EDT
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Michigan's attorney general says a lame-duck law making it harder to put proposals on the statewide ballot is unconstitutional.

Democrat Dana Nessel's opinion Wednesday binds state officials unless it is reversed by a court. A legal fight is expected.

The law was enacted by Republicans in December's post-election session, and followed their unprecedented maneuver to weaken minimum wage increases and paid sick time requirements that began as ballot initiatives.

The law imposes a geographic requirement on groups trying to gather hundreds of thousands of voter signatures to qualify for the ballot. No more than 15% of signatures can come from any one of Michigan's 14 congressional districts, a restriction that could prevent ballot committees from solely targeting the most heavily populated, more Democratic urban areas.

The Attorney General released the following explanation of her decision:

Copyright 2019 WILX. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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