Nov 5, 2007

Clarity hearings set for Monday

More clarity hearings are being held this week in the attempt to recall state Legislators who voted for the increase of the income tax and the sales tax on some services that avoided a government shutdown and helped balanced the state budget on Oct. 1.

Section 168.951 of Michigan Election Law says recall language must be submitted to the local county board of electors or election commission to determine if the language that will go on the petitions is clear and concise.
A clarity hearing for Rep. Robert Dean, D-Grand Rapids, is set for 2 p.m. today in the second floor training room of the County Administration Building, 300 Monroe Ave NW.

A clarity hearing is also set for 1 p.m. today for Rep. Mary Valentine, D-Muskegon, before the Muskeon County Election Commission in the courtroom of Chief Probate Judge Neil Mullally in the Michael E. Kobza Hall of Justice.

So far four petitions have been rejected because of unclear language, but there are plans to appeal that decision in the Court of Appeals. The Wayne County Board of Electors rejected the language as unclear for House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford; Rep. Marc Corriveau, D-Northville; and Rep. Ed Gaffney, R-Grosse Pointe Farms. The Macomb County Board of Electors earlier rejected the petition for Rep. Steve Bieda, D-Warren.

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