LANSING, Mich. — Senator Morris W. Hood III (D–Detroit) released the following statement in response to the passage of SB 776 — which would throw out all collected signatures more than 180 days old, even if they were from eligible voters — from the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee this morning:

“Once again the Republican majority is changing election rules in the middle of the game. I am particularly upset by this as they are overturning the express will of citizens who wish to have their concerns brought directly to the voters.

“Election technology is improving, and it’s becoming easier to verify these signatures – if anything, we should be making it easier to do that, not more difficult.”