Jocelyn Benson

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will ask Attorney General Dana Nessel to issue an opinion on the constitutionality of a new law that changed the rules on how organizations must gather petition signatures for proposed constitutional amendments and initiatives.

The new law puts limits on how many signatures gathered in a congressional district count towards the final total needed to place either an initiated act or constitutional amendment on the ballot. No congressional district can contribute more than 15 percent of the total number of signatures needed for a proposal, even if far more signatures are gathered in that district.

Opponents of the law argue that it would be difficult to implement as it would change how signatures are collected from by county to by congressional district. Supporters of the bill argue that the measure helps prevent financial interests coming into the state to put their priorities on the ballot.

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