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Bill establishes 180-day deadline for signatures on petitions over proposed legislation, amendments

Signatures on petitions seeking to amend the Constitution or initiate legislation will no longer be valid if made more than 180 days before the petition was filed with the Secretary of State, under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Establishing reasonable time limits on when signatures can be collected helps ensure the issues that make the ballot are the ones that matter most to Michiganders,” Snyder said. 

Senate Bill 776, sponsored by state Sen. Dave Robertson, establishes a 180-day deadline for collection of petition signatures for initiated legislation or constitutional amendments. The bill codifies what has been the existing practice for 30 years. It is now Public Act 142 of 2016.

Snyder also signed four additional bills:

• Senate Bill 458, sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, closes a loophole in current statute that will enable a custodial parent and their spouse to adopt the child under custody more quickly if the non-custodial, biological parent does not meet certain conditions currently in statute. It is now PA 143.

• SB 606, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Shirkey, clarifies that a homeowner may retain their principal residence exemption if they are deployed on active military duty, so long as the owner establishes intent to return to the property. It is now PA 144.

• SB 738, sponsored by state Sen. Darwin Booher, provides additional transparency to the public by requiring an executive summary on unfunded liabilities be included in the state retirement systems report. It is now PA 145.

• SB 818, sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, will exempt yoga teacher training from existing state licensure requirements for trade or vocational schools. It is now PA 146.


WBA and the Association of Black Judges of Michigan to host  Presidents’ Reception June 23

Celebrate another year of commitment at the Annual Presidents Reception, hosted by the Wolverine Bar Foundation, Wolverine Bar Association and the Association of Black Judges of Michigan. The reception will be held at Hotel St. Regis, 3071 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 (cash bar) and a plated dinner will be served at 6. Valet parking ($10) and lot parking ($6) adjacent to the venue are available. Tickets for dues-paid members are $45 in advance and $55 at the door; for non-members, $50 in advance and $60 at the door. To order tickets online, visit www.wolverinebar.org. You can also purchase tickets by mailing payment to the Wolverine Bar Association’s President-Elect Jehan Crump-Gibson at 27350 Southfield Road, Ste. A, Lathrup Village, MI  48076. Call (313) 962-0250 or email wolverine.bar.assn@gmail.com to make alternate arrangements.