Last week, Michigan House of Representatives voted to approve Senate Bill 776. This legislation prohibits the state from counting signatures older than 180 days that were collected for ballot proposals and constitutional amendments. SB 776 passed 57-52 over the objection of Democrats. The bill now goes to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.
This means that, beginning immediately, petition signatures for constitutional amendments or initiated legislation collected 180 days before the proposals are turned into the state will not count. Backers of one of the marijuana legalization proposals have been pushing for the change to allow signatures older than 180 days.
House Minority Floor Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) offered two amendments to put 2017 as the enacting year for the legislation so the current ballot proposals would not be affected, but the amendment failed.