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2011 Senate Bill 752: Ban “stealth conventions” by minor political parties

Public Act 272 of 2012

Introduced by Sen. Goeff Hansen (R) on October 12, 2011 To require minor political parties to notify the Secretary of State of the date of any upcoming county caucus or state convention to nominate candidates. This would prohibit schemes like the “stealth convention” and candidate nominations organized by a fake “Tea Party” political party in 2010. The bill would also revise the procedures for absentee ballot counting boards.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on October 12, 2011
Reported in the Senate on December 6, 2011 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 8, 2012
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 8, 2012
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on February 14, 2012 (same description)
To require minor political parties to notify the Secretary of State of the date of any upcoming county caucus or state convention to nominate candidates. This would prohibit schemes like the “stealth convention” and candidate nominations organized by a fake “Tea Party” political party in 2010. The bill would also revise the procedures for absentee ballot counting boards.
Received in the House on February 14, 2012
Referred to the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on February 14, 2012
Reported in the House on May 22, 2012 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered in the House on June 12, 2012 To clarify the application of procedures specified by the bill.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 12, 2012
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on June 12, 2012 (same description)
To require minor political parties to notify the Secretary of State of the date of any upcoming county caucus or state convention to nominate candidates. This would prohibit schemes like the “stealth convention” and candidate nominations organized by a fake “Tea Party” political party in 2010. The bill would also revise the procedures for absentee ballot counting boards.
Received in the Senate on June 13, 2012
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 13, 2012 To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on July 2, 2012

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