Nessel: Secretary of State rightly contests new petition drive law

January 22, 2019

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today welcomed the opinion request from Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson challenging the legality of the newly established petition drive law, Public Act 608 of 2018.

“Restricting the right of Michiganders to participate in the political process is a serious subject matter,” Nessel said. “PA 608 puts a limit on the peoples’ voice and that is cause for great concern – something a rushed lame-duck Legislature failed to regard in passing this law.

“Secretary of State Benson has challenged and raised the important question of this Act’s constitutionality and my office is prepared to tackle this request promptly,” Nessel added, noting the increased importance of tackling this request as the 2019-2020 election cycle is underway.

Nessel said she encourages interested or concerned parties to forward a brief or legal memo on the issues raised by the opinion request.

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