Lansing-based stakeholders denounce “gag order” law

Jan 19, 2016

A controversial new Michigan law bans “advertisement style” communication by local governments and school boards in the 60 days before bond and millage votes. Supporters say it’s an inappropriate use of public money. Critics complain the new law, which may be clarified with another, amounts to a gag order. We discuss the issue with two Lansing-based critics.


Last month, Governor Rick Snyder signed into a law a bill that’s been generating vigorous discussion ever since. The measure bans local governments and school districts from spending public dollars on “advertisement style” communication about bond and millage proposals in the 60 days prior to a vote. Supporters say those entities have gone beyond a just the facts approach and too often veer into advocacy.

Opponents have blasted the bill as a gag order that stops them from informing voters about the measures they will decide.

Current State talks with Chris Wigent, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, and Superintendent of the Lansing School District Yvonne Camaal Canul.