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Michigan Lawmakers File Lawsuit Challenging Nessel Opinion On Ballot Petition Law

Jun 6, 2019

Signing a Petition
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The Republican leadership in the state House and Senate has filed a challenge to a recent opinion by Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel.


The law in question makes it more difficult to put a measure on the state’s ballot.  The law was enacted during a hectic lame duck session last year.  

Last month, Attorney General Nessel issued a formal opinion that said that the law was unconstitutional – in particular a portion that limits the number of signatures a measure can have from a given geographic area. 

Supporters of the law say it increases transparency and makes sure that a wide range of people sign off on a ballot measure.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org