LANSING, MI (WKZO) -- Backers of a petition drive challenging the state’s Emergency Manager law reacted angrily when the State Board of Canvassers deadlocked 2 to 2, with republicans voting no and democrats voting yes. A republican backed opposition group challenged the petitions on a technicality, that the font used on the petitions was too small.
Board Member Julie Matuzak reminded supporters of the petition drive they still have an option. To take the issue to court. Backers of the drive plan to do just that.
The format of a petition aimed at putting the issue of a new bridge from Detroit to Canada on the November ballot was approved by the Board of State Canvassers. The owners of the Ambassador Bridge want voters to decide whether or not the New International Trade Crossing will be built. The new bridge has the support of both Governor Snyder and the Mayor of Windsor. In fact, the Canadian government has offered to lend the state 550-million dollars toward construction of the bridge. While the board approved the format of the petition, there has not yet been approval of the document's language.