Midland Daily News: Group seeks to recall Rep. Johnson

May 23, 2011- Members of the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder have submitted a petition for the recall of State Rep. Joel Johnson to Clare County Clerk Pamela Mayfield.

The petition was to be reviewed by the Clare County Election Commission for the clarity of the language at a hearing at 2 p.m. today at the courthouse in Harrison.

The Committee to Recall Rick Snyder is a Political Action Committee formed out of concerns over Snyder’s approach to addressing budget woes in Michigan.

Johnson is being targeted for his support of the Emergency Financial Manager Bill. He also is being targeted for introducing bills to limit health insurance benefits offered to employees of state and local governments and public schools and to require women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasound examinations. And he voted to reduce funding to public K-12 schools and unemployment benefits, and to limit the rights of unions.

The group plans to begin collecting signatures as soon as the language is approved. Petitions to recall Johnson will be circulated by petitioners seeking to recall Snyder. The collection of signatures to recall Snyder began with a Signing Day Rally at the Capitol building on Saturday. The 8,500 signatures the group plans to gather will be submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State on or before the Aug. 5 deadline to appear on the November ballot.

Recall information is available at www.firericksnyder.org or on Facebook Recall Governor Rick Snyder. It is also available on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firericksnyder.

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