Emergency Manager Law — August 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Michigan Board of State Canvassers to certify PA4 repeal petitions TOMORROW


Score one for the Good Guys

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers, who didn’t even have a meeting scheduled as of late last week, has hastily scheduled one for tomorrow (pdf).


Because this:

That right there, kids, is an order from the Supreme Court ORDERING the elections board to certify the petitions to put the repeal of Public Act 4, Michigan’s odious Emergency Manager law, on the Novemeber ballot.

On the docket:

  • Consideration of meeting minutes for approval.
  • Consideration of the referendum petition filed by Stand Up for Democracy, 1034 North Washington Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48906.
  • A vote will be taken to determine whether the Board will meet in closed session to discuss a memorandum of advice from Board counsel.
  • Such other and further business as may be properly presented to the Board.

They aren’t scheduled to certify the other ballot measures that have turned in sufficient petition signatures. The deadline to challenge those other measures is 5 p.m. tomorrow so they will be forced to meet again prior to the August 27th deadline to put items on the November ballot.

That third agenda item is a bit cryptic. Considering the shenanigans that Republicans have pulled from the start of this process, I don’t trust them one iota and, when I see something like “closed session” discussions, it worries me. Stay tuned on that.

If you wish to attend the hearing, you are allowed to do so. If you wish to address the Board on an agenda item at the time it is discussed, you must submit a written request to the Chairperson of the Board prior to the opening of the meeting. You will be allotted three minutes to speak.

The meeting is at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2012 in Room 426 of the State Capitol Building in Lansing.