- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is asking the Michigan Supreme Court to rule by October on the constitutionality of reimbursing private schools $2.5 million for the cost of adhering to state requirements such as employee background checks.

The Republican governor on Wednesday sought an advisory opinion on the legality of the aid that’s included in the state budget that takes effect Oct. 1. Snyder cites conflicting opinions among public and nonpublic school advocates over the funding.

He says the high court hasn’t previously addressed the law’s “unique factual context.” He wants to avoid “protracted litigation” if a lawsuit is filed challenging the law.

It’s the third time Snyder has asked for an advisory opinion. In 2011, justices agreed to rule on the constitutionality of lifting a tax exemption for pension income.

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