Michigan House Committee Approves Bill to Restrict Ballot Drives

A lame-duck bill under consideration would make it harder to organize ballot drives.

A House committee passed the legislation Wednesday. 

It would place restrictions on groups proposing constitutional amendments, voter-initiated bills and referendums.

Under the bill, those groups would be limited to collecting no more than 10 percent of their signatures from a single congressional district.

Opponents of the legislation say it unconstitutionally hampers their ability to pursue ballot drives, but business groups supporting the legislation say it’s necessary.

The full House is expected to vote on the measure Wednesday afternoon.