HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 18Issue 23Opposition Group File Lawsuit Against Gaming Ballot Inititave

On Wednesday, July 25, 2012, the group Protect MI Vote filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Appeals alleging that the ballot proposal submitted by Citizens for More Michigan Jobs (“CMMJ”) is unconstitutional and should not be placed on the November 2012 ballot. The proposal seeks to authorize the operation of eight additional commercial casinos throughout the state.

The lawsuit follows the CMMJ’s submission of signatures to the State Board of Canvassers in support of the ballot proposal.  Protect MI Vote asserts that the proposal language violates Michigan law by seeking to directly amend voter-initiated legislation as well as to amend the state constitution. In a press release on the matter, Protect MI Vote has taken the position that the petition must be submitted as two separate questions, one that amends the state constitution to allow for expanded gaming activity and one that amends the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act (“Act”), in order to be constitutional. Furthermore, Protect MI Vote has argued that the proposed amendments to the Act do not meet the proper technical requirements to be placed on the November 2012 ballot.

In response, CMMJ has contended that the proposal was carefully drafted to comply with all ballot initiative requirements under Michigan law.

 

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