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2018 House Bill 6595: Revise ballot measure petition gathering rules

Public Act 608 of 2018

Public Act 608 of 2018

Introduced by Rep. James Lower (R) on December 6, 2018
To impose additional rules and restrictions on petition gathering for constitutional amendments, initiatives, and referendums. Not more than 10 percent of signatures could come from one of Michigan’s current 14 congressional districts; petitions would have to have a brief summary of the proposal; petition gatherers would have to sign an affidavit that indicates if they are paid or volunteers; and petitions on which the circulator provided his or her wrong address would be invalidated.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee on December 6, 2018
Reported in the House on December 12, 2018
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. James Lower (R) on December 12, 2018
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises various details. This version was superseded by another substitute with more changes.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on December 12, 2018
Amendment offered by Rep. James Lower (R) on December 12, 2018
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 12, 2018
Passed 60 to 49 in the House on December 12, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To impose additional rules and restrictions on petition gathering for constitutional amendments, initiatives, and referendums. Not more than 10 percent of signatures could come from one of Michigan’s current 14 congressional districts; petitions would have to have a brief summary of the proposal; paid petition gatherers would have to sign an affidavit that indicates this; and petitions on which the circulator provided his or her wrong address would be invalidated.
Received in the Senate on December 13, 2018
Referred to the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on December 13, 2018
Reported in the Senate on December 21, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 21, 2018.
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To impose additional rules and restrictions on petition gathering for constitutional amendments, initiatives, and referendums. Not more than 15 percent of signatures could come from one of Michigan’s current 14 congressional districts; petitions would have to have a brief summary of the proposal; paid petition gatherers would have to sign an affidavit that indicates this; and petitions on which the circulator provided his or her wrong address would be invalidated.
Received in the House on December 21, 2018
Passed 57 to 47 in the House on December 21, 2018.
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To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 28, 2018
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 28, 2018

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