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Governor Whitmer fights Republican-led minimum wage laws

Posted at 1:05 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 13:05:56-04

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer is taking her fight against a lame-duck Republican-led move to court.

The filing says in 2018, Republican lawmakers violated Michigan's constitution. That was because they adopted and then weakened minimum wage and paid sick leave initiatives.

Those proposals would have gone to the November 2020 ballot for voters to decide. If a petition drive reaches enough signatures it may be adopted into the state legislature.

It could be passed into law by a simple majority without the Governor's signature.

Last year, the legislature adopted those minimum wage laws so they could change them. That was the first time something like that had ever been done.

Former Governor Rick Snyder signed them into law before leaving office.

Republicans have defended the 'Adopt and Amend' strategy.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is siding with State Attorney General Dana Nessel. They say 'Adopt and Amend' is unconsitutional. They add it should never be used again because it undermines citizen-led petition drives.

The State Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in July.

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