Yes, it is a valid and approved petition. We received the standard approval "as to form" by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers on April 14, 2015. "Approval as to form" means the petition meets with all legal requirements. The Board of State Canvassers does not have jurisdiction over the language of the proposed legislation itself. You can view our petition on the Secretary of State Bureau of Elections' website.
We are going beyond the 180-day requirement in order to challenge the statue in the courts. The court has told us in order to challenge the law, we sued "too soon"--that first we need to collect all the signatures, file them, and then file a new lawsuit to challenge the law's constitutionality. We don't agree with the court on this point, but it is what we are forced to do.