State officials have been ordered to not enforce PA 269 (SB 571) in an injunction issued by U. S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara. PA 269 has been labeled as a ‘gag order’ on local governments with ballot issues before the voters.
The injunction comes a month before the March 8 primary election in which more than 100 local governments have a variety of issues before the voters. The law prohibits local governments from issuing information to voters by a variety of means, including television and radio, 60 days before an election. The injunction, issued from the U.S. District Court in Ann Arbor, states that the controversial legislation creates confusion in terms of communicating with voters and that “public officials deserve clarity on this issue so that they may serve the public in the normal course without fear of arbitrary sanction or prosecution.”