JANUARY 23, 2019
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today delivered a letter to Attorney General Dana Nessel requesting a formal opinion on the constitutionality of several changes to Michigan’s initiative and referendum process.
The changes were passed by the Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder as Public Act 608 in the last days of 2018.
“I am proud that, for more than a century, Michiganders have exercised core constitutional rights in the circulation of initiative, referendum and constitutional amendment petitions,” Benson said. “I am deeply concerned that the new restrictions enacted late last year in Public Act 608 of 2018 may potentially violate those constitutional rights by adding new burdens and restrictions on the process.”
Benson’s letter asks Nessel to determine the constitutionality of:
“With the 2019-20 election cycle already underway, it is important for the Secretary of State to provide the appropriate guidance to potential petition sponsors, circulators and voters, so that all may understand how 2018 PA 608 affects their rights,” Benson wrote. “Therefore, I respectfully ask for your formal opinion regarding these matters.”
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