Campaigns to recall 2 MI senators move forward

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive (Nov. 3, 2015/AP Photo/David Eggert, File).

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan election officials have approved the wording of petitions that seek to recall two state senators from office for their votes to raise taxes and fees as part of a road-funding plan.

The Board of State Canvassers approved the petitions Thursday, after previously rejecting earlier versions.

Some residents are angry with Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof of West Olive and Republican Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City for backing fuel tax and vehicle registration fee increases in November, months after voters rejected tax and fee hikes included in a ballot proposal.

Meekhof says it is his job to “vote on stuff” but says people are free to try to recall elected officials.

Activists have 60 days to collect around 22,000 voter signatures in each district to force recall elections.

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