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Benson asks for Nessel’s input on constitutionality of new signature gathering law


A lame duck law adding new requirements for getting measures on the state ballot has been called into question.

One of the most controversial provisions puts a cap on how many signatures can be collected from each Congressional district. No more than 15 percent of the total signatures gathered can come from one congressional district.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has asked Attorney General Dana Nessel for a formal opinion in the constitutionality of this provision, and others.

Soon after the request, Nessel accepted.

“Restricting the right of Michiganders to participate in the political process is a serious subject matter,” Nessel said in her statement.

Republicans passed the law during a contentious lame duck session. They say it doesn’t limit access – but it does increase transparency.