There have been more than two dozen recall campaigns against Republican lawmakers, and three against Democratic lawmakers. Two of the Democrats are in the clear after an elections panel ruling Monday. The panel rejected petition language against state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer and state Representative Barb Byrum.
Michael Hodges, the lawyer who represents Barb Byrum, says the language mentioned Byrum's lack of support for "welfare reform" in a broad way that was unclear.
"The rest of the bills out there dealt with department budgets and an overhaul of the tax scheme that raising taxes on the working families below the poverty level or on raising taxes on retirees, that sort of thing, and it's hard to tell what they mean -- how you could call that welfare reform," he says.
Meanwhile, there are many active recall campaigns against Republican lawmakers, including one against House Education Committee Chairman Paul Scott, a campaign that the state's largest teachers' union has thrown their weight behind.
Recall campaigns against the state's elected officials have until the end of the week to hand in petition signatures to be considered for the November ballot.