Michigan Voters to Decide Constitution Revision

By: AP
By: AP

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan voters automatically are asked every 16 years whether they want to authorize a convention to rewrite the state constitution.

The time to make that decision rolls around again on Nov. 2.
Proposal 1 asks voters if they want to set up a convention to redo the state constitution voters adopted in 1963.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected proposals to rewrite it in 1978 and 1994.

Most of Lansing's political power structure, including the Michigan Democratic and Republican parties, oppose calling for a new constitutional convention.

Supporters of a constitutional convention say it's an opportunity for the state to take a fresh look at government and find cost savings in how it operates.

One anti-convention coalition estimates it could cost the cash-strapped state $45 million.

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