LANSING (AP) – The Senate has passed legislation to ensure that signatures collected for a ballot question are valid only if collected within 180 days.

Current law allows groups to challenge the cap, including a group in favor of legalizing marijuana. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, a Republican, says the bill makes everybody play by the same rules.

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But Sen. Coleman Young II of Detroit says the legislation might quash an effort to put a marijuana proposal on the November ballot. Young and other Democrats voted against the bill. He accuses Republicans of pushing the legislation to kill the marijuana drive.

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The Senate approved the bill Thursday along party lines, 26-10. It now goes to the House.

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