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New petition initiative bill introduced

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A new bill would penalize petition circulators if they lie to get people to sign a petition.

      

Petition circulators, in Michigan, are not legally obligated to tell you the truth about what is in the ballot measure you’re putting your name on.

A bill would change that. And if a petition circulator is dishonest about the measure, the signatures would be invalidated. 

Republican Representative Jim Lower is a bill sponsor.

“It makes sense to have this kind of transparency and accountability.”

The bill would also require circulators to clearly indicate to signers if they are being paid or if they’re volunteers.