Michigan Supreme Court Approves 3 Ballot Measures

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

There are a number of controversial issues heading to the November ballot and backers were in a frenzy to get their initiative approved.

"What happens is opponents of the constitutional amendments will go into the court system and seek to find any flaw," said Craig Ruff, policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.

Supporters of one issue lost the battle as justices struck down a proposed initiative to add eight more casinos in Michigan.

"I'm sure buried in their language of the petition was a mandate that the state grant these eight new casinos a liquor license. That the court found in violation of the other standard in the constitution that says only the Liquor Control Commission can in fact grant a liquor license," Ruff said.

The issue is not about amending the constitution, but that the petitioners failed to let people know of the change the measure would create.

While that's off the ballot, the people will decide if there should be a two-thirds majority in the legislature to raise taxes, if a statewide vote should be required to build a new bridge to Canada and if collective bargaining rights should be guaranteed in the state constitution.

"The court obviously felt that there were not sufficient flaws in the language of any of those three proposals to preclude the people from being able to vote on them in an informed and intelligent way," Ruff said.

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