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Anti-fracking group challenges petition limits

The campaign to outlaw fracking in Michigan is asking the state Court of Appeals to strike down a 180-day time limit on collecting petition signatures to put a question on the ballot.

A law signed by Governor Rick Snyder in June says signatures that are older than 180 days can’t be counted. It’s very similar to a rule that was used before that by state elections officials.

That rule has twice now thwarted the anti-fracking campaign’s efforts to get a question before voters.

The Committee to Ban Fracking’s LuAnn Kozma says the law violates the Michigan Constitution’s provision on voter-initiated laws.

“The constitution does not specify any time limits to ballot initiatives at all.”

Kozma says the campaign now has its eye on the 2018 ballot, but wants a ruling first to help decide whether it’s worth the effort.