HOUSE BILL No. 4745

 

 

June 13, 2017, Introduced by Reps. Marino, Brann, Calley, LaSata and Lilly and referred to the Committee on Elections and Ethics.

 

     A bill to amend 1954 PA 116, entitled

 

"Michigan election law,"

 

by amending section 163 (MCL 168.163), as amended by 2012 PA 276.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 163. (1) To obtain the printing of the name of a person

 

as a candidate for nomination by a political party for the office

 

of state senator or representative under a particular party heading

 

upon the official primary ballots in the various election precincts

 

of a district, there shall must be filed nominating petitions

 

signed by a number of qualified and registered electors residing in

 

the district as determined under section 544f. If the district

 

comprises more than 1 county, the nominating petitions shall must

 

be filed with the secretary of state. If the district comprises 1

 


county or less, the nominating petitions shall must be filed with

 

the county clerk of that county. Nominating petitions shall must be

 

in the form prescribed in section 544c. Until December 31, 2013,

 

the secretary of state and the various county clerks shall receive

 

nominating petitions for filing in accordance with this act up to 4

 

p.m. of the twelfth Tuesday before the August primary. Beginning

 

January 1, 2014, the The secretary of state and the various county

 

clerks shall receive nominating petitions for filing in accordance

 

with this act up to 4 p.m. of the fifteenth Tuesday before the

 

August primary.

 

     (2) In lieu of filing a nominating petition, a nonrefundable

 

filing fee of $100.00 $400.00 may be paid to the county clerk or,

 

for a candidate in a district comprising more than 1 county, to the

 

secretary of state. Payment of the fee and certification of the

 

name of the candidate paying the fee shall be are governed by the

 

same provisions as in the case of nominating petitions. The fee

 

shall must be deposited in the general fund of the county. and

 

shall be refunded to candidates who are nominated and to an equal

 

number of candidates who receive the next highest number of votes

 

in the primary election. If 2 or more candidates tie in having the

 

lowest number of votes allowing a refund, the sum of $100.00 shall

 

be divided among them. A refund of a deposit shall not be made to a

 

candidate who withdraws as a candidate.

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days

 

after the date it is enacted into law.

 

     Enacting section 2. This amendatory act does not take effect

 

unless all of the following bills of the 99th Legislature are


enacted into law:

 

     (a) Senate Bill No. ____ or House Bill No. 4750 (request no.

 

03115'17).

 

     (b) Senate Bill No. ____ or House Bill No. 4746 (request no.

 

03116'17).

 

     (c) Senate Bill No. ____ or House Bill No. 4749 (request no.

 

03117'17).

 

     (d) Senate Bill No. ____ or House Bill No. 4748 (request no.

 

03118'17).

 

     (e) Senate Bill No. ____ or House Bill No. 4747 (request no.

 

03119'17).