Michigan Elected Officials Offer Competing Ideas on Changing Process by which Initiatives Get on BallotNovember 13th, 2012
This story collects many ideas proposed recently by various Michigan elected officials, on whether and how to change the procedure by which statewide initiatives get on the ballot. The story says that former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has suggested making it possible for voters to sign initiative petitions on-line.
The story also says a bill has just been introduced in the Michigan legislature by Representative Ken Horn, to outlaw paying petition circulators on a per-signature basis. However, the 6th circuit has already invalidated a similar Ohio law, and Michigan is also in the 6th circuit. The Michigan legislature (the one elected in 2010) is still in session, and Michigan lets legislators introduce new bills as late in the session as they wish. However, a bill introduced this late is very unlikely to pass. Thanks to Thomas Jones for the link.