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2016 Senate Bill 776: Limit time period for collecting ballot initiative signatures

Public Act 142 of 2016

Introduced by Sen. David Robertson (R) on February 10, 2016
To establish that signatures on a petition to amend the constitution must be collected within the 180 days before the measure is submitted. Under current law there is a presumption that an older signature is void, but this can be rebutted in an administrative procedure. The bill would remove that "rebuttable presumption" language, making older signatures void without qualification.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on February 10, 2016
Reported in the Senate on March 8, 2016
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on March 10, 2016
To move up date the proposed law would go into effect, meaning marijuana legalization and anti-fracking petition drives underway in early 2016 would be impacted.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 10, 2016
Received in the House on March 10, 2016
Referred to the House Elections Committee on March 10, 2016
Reported in the House on April 27, 2016
With the recommendation that the amendment be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the House on May 18, 2016
To make the effective starting in 2017, which would mean marijuana legalization and anti-fracking petition drives underway in the spring of 2016 would not be impacted.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 18, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Jon Hoadley (D) on May 18, 2016
To allow signatures collected within the past year to be included on ballot initiative petitions.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 18, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Kristy Pagan (D) on May 18, 2016
To repeal a law that allows voters to remain in the polling booth for not more than two minutes, at the discretion of election inspectors.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 18, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on May 18, 2016
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4724 meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4724 would allow no-reason absentee voting.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 18, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on May 18, 2016
To make the effective starting in 2017, which would mean marijuana legalization and anti-fracking petition drives underway in the spring of 2016 would not be impacted.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 18, 2016
Passed 57 to 52 in the House on May 18, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To establish that signatures on a petition to amend the constitution must be collected within the 180 days before the measure is submitted. Under current law there is a presumption that an older signature is void, but this can be rebutted in an administrative procedure. The bill would remove that "rebuttable presumption" language, making older signatures void without qualification. The House concurred with the Senate on giving the bill immediate effect, which would mean marijuana legalization and anti-fracking petition drives underway in the spring of 2016 would be impacted.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 6, 2016

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