LANSING, MI (MPRN)-- Republicans in the state Legislature are taking on Attorney General Dana Nessel over a law she says is unconstitutional.
Lawmakers announced Wednesday that they’ve filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for not implementing a 2018 ballot petition law. The law adds additional requirements for collections of signatures to get a measure on the ballot.
Republican Representative Jim Lower sponsored the original bill that became law. He says there’s a lot of ambiguity over how much weight the AG’s opinion really has.
“I think that there should be a final determination as soon as possible on whether or not this law is going to be implemented. I think it should be implemented,” he says.
The law does things like require that no more than 15 percent of gathered signatures come from a single congressional district, and it requires petition circulators to clearly indicate if they are paid or volunteers.