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Federal judge issues temporary freeze on Michigan election law


A federal judge has placed a temporary freeze on a Michigan law that critics say amounts to a "gag order."

U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara on Friday issued a preliminary injunction.

O'Meara says the law is unconstitutionally vague, and encroaches on free speech rights.

The law stops local officials from distributing information about ballot proposals 60 days before an election.

O'Meara's ruling comes about a month after Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation into law, though Snyder asked the Legislature to clarify what information local officials could communicate in his bill-signing letter.

The law outraged some local officials who filed a lawsuit asking for an injunction.

O'Meara has written in his ruling that the issue is best resolved by the Legislature.

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