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In 2018, voters will decide to either approve or reject three seminal legislative measures that, if adopted, could have significant and immediate impact throughout the state.
Ballot proposals differ from the traditional, standard process followed by lawmakers in that they give citizens the opportunity to cast their personal vote on whether or not a proposed idea becomes law.
Held on November 6, the General Election gives Michigan voters the chance to share their voices on the following:
Proposal 1: Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
This proposal intends to authorize and legalize the possession, use, and cultivation of recreational marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and the commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers.
If enacted, this proposal would:
Proposal 2: Voters Not Politicians
A constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority
has been suggested with its mission being to redraw district boundaries and apportionment plans for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years.
Proposal 2 would amend Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of Article IV, Sections 1, 2, and 4 of Article V, and Sections 1 and 4 of Article VI of the Michigan Constitution.
If enacted, this constitutional amendment would:
Proposal 3: Promote the Vote
A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, straight-ticket and no reason absentee voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voters as well as postelection audits to the Michigan Constitution.
The Voting Rights Policies Initiative would amend Section 4 of Article II of the state constitution.
If enacted, this proposal would allow registered, United States voters over the age of 18 to:
Three other proposals were enacted by the legislature and are not eligible to appear on the ballot, including:
PROTECTING MICHIGAN TAXPAYERS:
Proposed initiated law to repeal the Prevailing Wages and Fringe Benefits Act, 1965 PA 166, MCL 408.551 to 408.558. Petition filed on November 3, 2017 and determined sufficient by the Board of State Canvassers on June 1, 2018. With the Legislature’s enactment of the proposal on June 6, 2018, it is ineligible to appear on the ballot.
MICHIGAN ONE FAIR WAGE:
Proposed initiated law to gradually increase the hourly minimum wage from $10.00 in 2019 to $12.00 in 2022. Petition filed on May 21, 2018 and
determined sufficient by the Board of State Canvassers on August 24, 2018. With the Legislature’s enactment of the proposal on September 5, 2018, it is ineligible to appear on the ballot.
MI TIME TO CARE:
Proposed initiated law to require employers to provide sick leave for personal or family health reasons, subject to certain conditions. Petition filed on May 29, 2018 and determined sufficient by the Board of State Canvassers on July 27, 2018. With the Legislature’s enactment of the proposal on September 5, 2018, it is ineligible to appear on the ballot.
ORGPRO 2018 may be over, but you can relive the experience by viewing a photo recap of the event. We're highlighting key moments at the convention.
Thank you to all attendees, sponsors, speakers and other contributors who helped make the convention a huge success. We hope we'll see you next year at ORGPRO 2019. We'll be at Crystal Mountain.
Wednesday started off with the Edutour. Attendees spent the day exploring venues in Downtown Detroit for a hands-on look at the unique practices that make them successful.
Advocacy Corner: Week of March 1, 2019
Updates to the national Unrelated Business Income Tax, another round of Michigan auto insurance reform, state redistricting, and more in MSAE’s advocacy round-up through Friday, March 1st.
Welcome to March! A repeal was introduced to combat Unrelated Business Income Tax, minimum wage advocates reignite 2018 Lame Duck debate, and Governor Whitmer released her 2019 budget recommendation.
With one week remaining in the Lame Duck session, the legislature continued to take up action on a number of bills including Michigan school grading systems, the right of the legislature to litigate, citizen-initiated bills, and more. The U.S. House and Senate also passed significant revisions to nonprofit fringe benefits and donor disclosure rules.