MICHIGAN: LGBT Rights Initiative Approved For Ballot

Michigan Live reports:

Supporters of a ballot initiative to protect LGBT Michigan residents from discrimination say they’ll begin collecting signatures as soon as this weekend following initial approval from a state board.

Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers voted to approve summary language and form of an initiative backed by Fair and Equal Michigan Tuesday, a procedural step that clears the group to begin printing and circulating petitions for signature gathering.

The group has until May 27 to collect 340,047 valid petition signatures in order to be eligible for statewide ballot in fall 2020. Because the petition would amend state statute, the legislature would have 40 days to decide whether to adopt the measure before it goes to the ballot if the group obtains enough signatures.