Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette filed court papers Monday to try to block a statewide ballot initiative that seeks to protect collective bargaining rights.
Snyder and Schuette are seeking to scuttle the Protect Our Jobs ballot proposal, whose position on the ballot will be decided by the Michigan Court of Appeals.
The four-member Board of State Canvassers last week deadlocked on certifying the Protect Our Jobs petition. The two Republican members voted against placing the issue on the ballot, while the two Democrats voted to certify.
The state Court of Appeals will hold a hearing Wednesday on the ballot initiative.
The motion filed by Schuette and Snyder requests that the Court of Appeals deny the group's writ of mandamus asking the panel to order the Board of State Canvassers to certify their petition for the ballot.
Schuette spokeswoman Joy Yearout issued a press release saying Schuette will argue the proposed constitutional amendment would change so many laws that its effects could not possibly be summarized in the 100-word statement of purpose that appears on the election ballot.
In his filing, Schuette complained that organizers for Protect Our Jobs "cannot … propose an innocuous-sounding constitutional amendment that has the secret effect of wholesale changes in Michigan law."
"(T)he issue is whether Michigan citizens will be given the basic tools — such as full publication of the proposal's changes to existing law — essential to know precisely what the citizens are voting for," he argued.
Andrew Nickelhoff, the attorney for Protect Our Jobs, has argued that the Board of State Canvassers must certify the petition because the group gathered enough valid signatures and met statutory requirements.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz24Pk92rUE