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MI Supreme Court will decide “adopt-and-amend” controversy

Rick Pluta

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether the Legislature had the authority to change minimum wage and paid sick leave laws that were enacted under Michigan’s petition initiative process.

In 2018, the Republican-controlled Legislature adopted two laws initiated by petition campaigns, one to increase the state minimum wage and the other to allow workers to accrue paid sick leave. That was instead of letting the questions go to the ballot. Then, Republicans waited for the post-election lame duck session to weaken the laws.

Danielle Atkinson worked on those campaigns and says what Republicans did was unfair and unconstitutional.

“We’re looking for justice to be served, that democracy was upheld and that the law go into effect.”

Lower courts split on whether the Legislature’s actions violated the state constitution.

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