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This month’s dubious award goes to state Rep. James Lower (R-Cedar Lake), who despite being chair of the state House’s local government and municipal finance committee, may not quite understand how it all works. A law sponsored by Lower during last session’s lame duck (and signed into law), HB 6595, limits petition circulators from collecting more than 15 percent of their total signatures from one congressional district, or they won’t be counted, has drawn fire from across the political spectrum – imagine Right to Life and the ACLU on the same side of an issue. Attorney General Dana Nesssel was asked by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to issue an opinion. “Restricting the right of Michiganders to participate in the political process is a serious subject matter,” Nessel said in a statement.


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