New petitions initiatives, a redistricting time crunch and confusing budget language

LANSING, MI — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the state’s 2021-22 budget agreement this week, which included language inserted by Republicans that attempts to prohibit health departments from issuing mask mandates.

The provisions, which the governor has said are unenforceable and unconstitutional, has triggered some health departments to do away with health orders over concerns they may not receive state funding.

Meanwhile, two new Michigan petition initiatives have been launched, one to make Michigan voting laws more stringent and another to award the state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections.

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