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August 29, 2012

Michigan Supreme Court to Consider Ballot Proposals Tomorrow

On August 30, 2012, the Michigan Supreme Court will hear mini oral arguments on whether the Board of State Canvassers properly rejected three different November ballot proposals, all of which call for a vote of the people on whether to amend Michigan's Constitution. In Protect Our Jobs v. Board of State Canvassers, the Court of Appeals decided two days ago to reverse of the Board's rejection of a proposal that would enshrine a right to collective bargaining into Michigan's Constitution. Our blog on that decision can be found here. Union organizers hope to persuade the Michigan Supreme Court to affirm. Citizens for More Jobs v. Secretary of State concerns a proposal to approve eight private casinos by constitutional amendment, raise the casino tax, and ensure the casinos' rights to obtain liquor licenses. The proposal failed to pass the Board not for lack of votes but for lack of bi-partisan support. Backers seek to overturn the Board's decision without prior review by the Court of Appeals. Finally, Michigan Alliance for Prosperity v. Board of State Canvassers concerns a proposal to require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature or a majority vote of the electorate to raise state taxes. Supporters' application comes prior to a decision by the Court of Appeals. In all of these applications, a central issue is whether the proposal satisfies the Constitution's requirement to republish existing constitutional provisions which would be altered or abrogated by the proposal.

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