Michigan Supreme Court, with 5 Justice Republican-backed Majority, Will Decide Whether Citizen Redistricting Measure Can Go on the Ballot

The Michigan Supreme Court’s order:

On order of the Court, the motions for leave to file briefs amicus curiae and the motion for leave to file response to amicus curiae brief are GRANTED. The application for leave to appeal the June 7, 2018 judgment and order of the Court of Appeals is considered, and it is GRANTED. At oral argument the parties shall address whether the proposal at issue is eligible for placement on the November 2018 general election ballot as a voter-initiated constitutional amendment under Const 1963, art 12, § 2, or whether it is a revision to the constitution and therefore is ineligible for placement on the ballot.

We direct the Clerk to schedule the oral argument in this case for July 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. The total time allowed for oral argument shall be 60 minutes: 30 minutes for plaintiffs, and 30 minutes for defendants and intervening defendants, to be divided at their discretion. MCR 7.313(B)(1) and 7.314(B)(1).

Bridge:

On the morning of April 17, the campaigns of two Michigan Supreme Court justices facing reelection this year held a fundraiser inside the headquarters of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Eight days later, a committee that uses the chamber’s address and has so far received $185,000 in support from the chamber this year filed a lawsuit challenging a ballot effort to overhaul how Michigan draws legislative districts. It’s a suit that may soon land before the two justices benefitting from the April 17 fundraiser ‒ Kurtis Wilder and Elizabeth Clement ‒ and their five colleagues on the state Supreme Court.

(H/t Jim Malewitz)

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