Michigan recall bills moving through Legislature

Dec 5, 2012

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A Michigan House panel has approved legislation that would tighten language related to recall elections and restrict the time period in which people can be voted out of office.  

The House Redistricting and Elections Committee on Tuesday voted to send a package of election measures to the full chamber.

One bill would amend a section of state election law to limit recall elections to the two election dates set annually in May and November, and prohibit recalls during the first or last six months of an elected official's term. Another would require that reasons for the recall are stated "factually and clearly," while the current petition is reviewed for "sufficient clarity."

Another proposed change calls for a challenger to compete for the office against the official up for recall.