Local officials keep pressing Snyder to veto election bill

Jan 5, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Local government leaders are continuing to press Gov. Rick Snyder to veto legislation that would block school districts and municipalities from informing the public about ballot measures within two months of an election.

 Municipal and other officials held a news conference in Lansing Tuesday. They say voters need facts to become informed about taxes, charters, land transfers and other local ballot issues, and local governments fill a void as the news media shrinks. The bill would ban local officials from using public funds for a communication 60 days before an election through radio, TV, mass mailings or robocalls. Conservatives say "informational" campaigns are biased and cross the line into improper advocacy, and outside committees can disseminate information without the need for public money. Snyder has until next week to decide.