Lawmakers file lawsuit challenging Nessel opinion on ballot petition law

Jun 6, 2019

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.