In Michigan, the government's tampering with the citizen initiative and referendum process has come in a different form. There, it started with lawmakers moving the wolf from the list of protected species to the game list. In response, we then gathered 250,000 signatures to allow people to nullify the act of the legislature – a process guaranteed to citizens in the state constitution. Lawmakers, in their infinite arrogance, then passed a second law to give authority to declare game species to the seven political appointees at the Natural Resources Commission, whose actions are not subject to any referendum process. This was an overt attempt to subvert the impact of the first referendum. We then gathered another 225,000 signatures to nullify that act, and that's why there are two wolf-related proposals on the ballot.
Unbelievably, the Michigan legislature then passed a third measure, bundling several unrelated measures together in a legally suspect maneuver. We believe that measure is unconstitutional, and should we prevail tomorrow and defeat Proposals 1 and 2 in tomorrow's election, we'll challenge it in court. But, in a continuation of their arrogant claims, now the proponents of Proposals 1 and 2 are telling the public that their votes don't matter, and that tomorrow's election is little more than a straw poll. This continues their disdainful attitudes toward voters. If we defeat Proposals 1 and 2, two actual state laws will be nullified. What's more, every party knows that the debate over trophy hunting of the state's small population of wolves will continue, and these votes tomorrow will be the best measure of where the public stands on the issue as the debate moves ahead. We know that trophy hunters and their allies in the Legislature want to ignore those results, but we won't let them.