LANSING — Today, Legislative Republicans passed two bills, SB 1171 and SB 1175, gutting the citizen-led ballot initiatives that were passed into law back in September. In response, state Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) issued the following statement:

“As legislators, our job is to negotiate on policy before a ballot initiative is certified with over 300,000 signatures, not after. When we fail to do our jobs in Lansing by refusing to come together to find solutions to issues that are important to the people of Michigan, the voters have the right to petition their government. Yet some legislators would rather overhaul every voter ballot initiative lately rather than compromise on the floor of the House. This overreach is exactly why people’s trust in government is at an all-time low. We can do better.”