LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Thursday adopted a resolution calling on Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to review the signatures submitted by the Unlock Michigan campaign.
“Over four months ago, the Unlock Michigan campaign submitted the signatures of 539,000 Michigan residents calling for the repeal of the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945,” said Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum. “We’re at 125 days in and not a single signature has been reviewed. That is 125 days in a row that our secretary of state neglected to act on this matter.”
On Oct. 2, 2020, Unlock Michigan organizers submitted signatures that were collected in support of repealing one of the laws the governor used to issue executive orders over several months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The law was deemed unconstitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court, and a bill to repeal the law was approved by the Legislature. Now, the citizens’ initiative seeking to repeal the law is being ignored by the Michigan secretary of state.
Senate Resolution 9 calls on Benson to immediately begin the process of reviewing signatures collected as part of this effort and advance the initiative through the process.
“Secretary Benson’s inaction on this citizens’ initiative is an unacceptable disregard for the people of Michigan,” Daley said. “Yesterday, a spokesperson for the secretary of state suggested calling for Secretary Benson to do her job was grandstanding and asking for special treatment. We are not asking Secretary Benson for special treatment. We are asking her to do what she was elected to do.”
SR 9 was adopted by the Senate.