Bill sets time frame on gathering signatures

Posted at 4:00 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 17:52:53-04

Those looking to amend the Michigan Constitution or initiate legislature will need to ensure signatures are not gathered too soon before they file their petition with the Secretary of State.

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that will no longer have signatures gathered 180 days before the petition filing be valid. 

“Establishing reasonable time limits on when signatures can be collected helps ensure the issues that make the ballot are the ones that matter most to Michiganders,” Snyder said in a statement. 

According to a release, Senate Bill 776 follows what has been the existing practice for the past 30 years. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Dave Robertson, and establishes a 180-day deadline for collection of petition signatures for initiated legislation or constitutional amendments.