State of Michigan issues and concerns facing broadcasters:

MAB Files Comments on MI Courts Administrative Rules

(9/6/19) In an effort to protect media coverage of courtroom proceedings, the MAB has filed comments to a Proposed Amendment to Rule 8.115 of the Michigan Court rules. In its comments, the MAB respectfully requests the elimination of any language in the Proposed Amendment which encroaches on or conflicts with Administrative Order 1989-1, which provides guidelines shall apply to film or electronic media coverage of proceedings in Michigan courts.

In its comments, the MAB also said that “it would also be helpful if the Proposed Amendment contained a specific disclaimer to the effect that it is not intended to implicate broadcast media coverage of courtroom proceedings as governed by Administrative Order 1989-1.

Read the MAB comments here.

Board of Canvassers Sets Ballot Proposals

The Board of state Canvassers finalized the list of proposals that will appear on the ballot on the November election. Michigan voters will decide on three ballot proposals including: the marijuana legalization initiative, the constitutional amendment to overhaul redistricting and ban partisan gerrymandering, the constitutional amendment to reform the voting process. Please click HERE for the official ballot language.

Straight Ticket Voting Ban Upheld

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the state upheld the ban of straight ticket voting in Michigan this November election. This means that the voters will not be able to choose a party’s slate of nominations with a single selection during the general election. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson praised the decision, stating that Michigan voters will choose the person instead of the party and will pay more attention to the nonpartisan offices and ballot questions.