Official Ballot Language:
A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO REQUIRE A SUPER MAJORITY VOTE (2/3 VOTE) OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO ENACT CERTAIN LAWS AFFECTING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
The proposed constitutional amendment would:
- Require a super majority vote (2/3 vote) of the State Legislature to enact any law which addresses a matter which a county, city, township, village or municipal authority could otherwise address under its governing powers or which places a condition on unrestricted aid extended local governments by the State. (Currently, a simple majority vote of legislature is required to enact such laws.)
- Retroactively apply the super majority vote requirement to any such law enacted on or after March 1, 2000.
- Exempt from the super majority vote requirement any such law which can be applied at the option of local governments.
Fricto's Unofficial Bit:
This is an attempt to reverse the trend against home rule municipalities that has plagued this state for some time now. This proposal should pass by a landslide if the citizens of Michigan have any respect for themselves and their ability to define their own lifestyles.
Michigan Voters - Michigan State Ballot Proposal 1 (November 2000)