Michigan's first petition drive deadline is only a day away

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May 25, 2010

By Bailey Ludlam

LANSING, Michigan: Tomorrow marks the end of the statewide petition drive for initiated state statutes. Unlike most states, Michigan has two petition drive deadlines, one for initiated state statutes and one for initiated constitutional amendments. This year a total of six initiatives were filed with the Michigan Secretary of State for the 2010 ballot. Only two face tomorrow's deadline: Michigan Insurance Rate Reduction Initiative and the Michigan Child Custody Initiative.

The Michigan Mining Restriction Measure would also be facing tomorrow's deadline but according to proponents the measure failed to collect sufficient signatures and instead supporters said they plan to make an effort to qualify for the 2012 ballot. The measure calls for implementing tougher laws on mining in order to protect the Great Lakes as well as local inland lakes, rivers and the overall environment from contamination.

In order to qualify for the November 2, 2010 ballot supporters must collect a minimum of 304,000 valid signatures.

Type Title Subject Description
CISS Insurance Rate Reduction Initiative Admin of gov't Measure proposes cutting insurance premiums for good drivers by 20 percent
CISS Child Custody Initiative Admin of gov't Requires the Circuit Court to award joint custody in a child custody dispute unless there is evidence of a parent's inability to parent

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