Sen. Wayne Kuipers introduced legislation Wednesday that would develop necessary regulations for medical marijuana use in Michigan, to protect the public and ensure the drug is not abused. Use of medical marijuana was approved by Michigan voters in November 2008 through a statewide ballot initiative.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Tupac Hunter, D-Detroit, would put a proposed workplace smoking ban on the November 2010 statewide ballot.
Residency requirements are one of the most frequently imposed restrictions on the initiative process. These laws require that someone circulating a petition for an initiative, referendum, or recall effort be a resident of the state, county, or locality that the petition is aimed at. Supporters of such requirements claim that they are needed to reduce fraud and insure that circulators can be found if signatures are challenged.
With the economy in a downward spiral, it may seem like poor timing to ask taxpayers for money to repair aging school buildings, expand suburban libraries and build parks.
But more than a dozen communities in Metro Detroit are doing just that Tuesday when they hold elections asking voters to approve millions in school bonds and higher municipal tax rates for projects.
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Enforcing marijuana laws would take police officer’s lowest priority under a proposed Kalamazoo initiative. Supporters must collect nearly 3,000 signatures of city voters to make the November ballot.
House Speaker Andy Dillon indicated that he would like to see any constitutional amendments to change the state’s tax system to go on this November’s ballot. Proposals include moving from a flat to a graduated income tax and changing the state’s 22% business tax structure. A graduated income tax is supported by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
Activists in Ann Arbor, MI have began collecting the 5,250 signatures needed to qualify a city charter amendment that would require the city to put borrowing decisions to the voters. The initiative stems from a funding battle over a $47 million police-court complex currently under construction. Proponents say that the measure would only apply to borrowing that is to be paid back by city taxes.
The Unites States Supreme Court denied Arizona’s request for an appeal in the case Nader v. Brewer. Last year the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Arizona’s law requiring petition circulators to be state residents. Thirteen other states had asked the high court to overturn the decistion. Similar laws in Ohio and Oklahoma were invalidated last year in the 6th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal.
The Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections
offers its staff for consultations on the designing the petition format of an
initiative measure. Upon determining through the consultation process
that an initiative of referendum petition is properly formatted, it is
submitted to the Board of State Canvassers for approval as to form. While
Michigan election law does not require Board approval of an initiative or
referendum petition form, such approval greatly reduces the risk that