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Shirkey issues statement on delay of signature review by secretary of state

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, issued the following statement regarding the delay in reviewing citizen initiative signatures:

“It has been more than 100 days since Unlock Michigan submitted more than 500,000 signatures to the Michigan Bureau of Elections.  To date, not a single signature has been reviewed.  Secretary Benson is derelict in her duties.  She should immediately begin the process of reviewing signatures collected as part of this effort and advance the initiative through the process.  The Senate is ready to act.

On October 2, 2020, Unlock Michigan organizers submitted 539,000 signatures in support of repealing the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945, a law that has been deemed unconstitutional by our own state supreme court.  The legislature voted to repeal the law, but that bill was vetoed by Gov. Whitmer, even after the court struck it down.

It is time for Secretary Benson to do her job and deliver to the legislature the Unlock Michigan initiative.  If she fails to move forward in her responsibilities, the Senate will have no hesitation in considering this dereliction and its impact on the Department of State budget,” said Shirkey.