LAME DUCK WATCH: Bill toughening petition signatures clears legislature

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Michigan Republicans have voted to make it harder to initiate ballot drives, sending Gov. Rick Snyder a bill that would impose a geographical-based requirement on signature gathering.
  
The final votes early Friday capped a marathon day at the end of a contentious session following November’s election.
  
Democrats say the legislation is a “power grab” meant to undermine the will of voters. Republicans says it is reasonable to ensure more people from across the state could weigh in on ballot initiatives before they go to the ballot.
  
The legislation would let no more than 15 percent of signatures come from any one of Michigan’s 14 congressional districts.
  
 

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