Snyder signs law moving lawsuits to appeals court

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law moving lawsuits filed against the state to appellate judges, over objections from Democrats who accuse him of court-rigging.

The Republican governor said Tuesday he signed legislation that cleared the GOP-led Legislature in just two weeks.

The law transfers Court of Claims cases from the Ingham County Circuit Court to the Michigan Court of Appeals, where four judges will hear the cases instead. Those judges also gain jurisdiction over lawsuits against the state now overseen by county judges elsewhere.

Democrats and others have raised concerns that the law is unconstitutional and a blatant power grab that could cause chaos in the legal system. Republicans say it makes no sense to have 3 percent of state voters elect judges to handle statewide cases.