Category: Medical Marijuana
| Posted on Mon, December, 28th 2015 by THCFinder
Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press has uncovered a potentially earth-shattering story from the Michigan legislature. Lawmakers have passed a measure that bans using public funds or resources to educate the public on any proposal appearing on a ballot within 60 days of the election; SB 0571 was approved by both the House and Senate in some late-night legislative wrangling before lawmakers skipped out of town for Christmas break. It was presented to the Governor for his signature at 10:52 on December 28.
This story of ambush is all-too-familiar to Michigan’s civil rights organizations: This was ”the final bill passed before the legislature adjourned… started out as a fairly innocuous campaign finance bill… was totally changed at the last minute in the House…that provision was added without any public hearings or notice to the parties that will be most affected… the revamped bill grew from 25 to 53 pages during the late-night session… Democrats objected to the bill, primarily because it wasn’t shared with them until moments before a vote was taken… the bill passed, mostly along party lines…”
The exact language of the Bill reads:
Sec. 57 (3) EXCEPT FOR AN ELECTION OFFICIAL IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER DUTIES UNDER THE MICHIGAN ELECTION LAW, 1954 PA 116, MCL 168.1 TO 168.992, A PUBLIC BODY, OR A PERSON ACTING FOR A PUBLIC BODY, SHALL NOT, DURING THE PERIOD 60 DAYS BEFORE AN ELECTION IN WHICH A LOCAL BALLOT QUESTION APPEARS ON A BALLOT, USE PUBLIC FUNDS OR RESOURCES FOR A COMMUNICATION BY MEANS OF RADIO, TELEVISION, MASS MAILING, OR PRERECORDED TELEPHONE MESSAGE IF THAT COMMUNICATION REFERENCES A LOCAL BALLOT QUESTION AND IS TARGETED TO THE RELEVANT ELECTORATE WHERE THE LOCAL BALLOT QUESTION APPEARS ON THE BALLOT.