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Michigan Votes

• Jul 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The Michigan Legislature is on a summer/campaign break with no sessions scheduled until July 25.

Rather than votes, this report contains some noteworthy legislative proposals to amend the Constitution. To become law, these require a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate and approval by voters.

2018 Senate Joint Resolution R: Call for “Article V” U.S. constitutional amendment convention. Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R), to submit an application to Congress calling for a "convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution," limited to the issues of fiscal restraints, federal powers and congressional term limits.

2018 Senate Joint Resolution S: Limit referendum on appropriations ban and more. Introduced by Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D), to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to revise the current prohibition on citizen referendums challenging bills that contain an appropriation. The measure would establish that the ban only applies to bills that substantially fund one or more state departments, or which are needed to close current state budget shortfalls. A 2001 Supreme Court ruling interpreted the provision to prohibit referendums on any bill containing an appropriation. In several instances since then, the Legislature has deliberately added modest appropriations to controversial bills which, without the appropriation, would likely have been challenged by a referendum.

In addition, the proposal would change the process for initiated legislation, which allows citizens to petition for the Legislature to either pass a proposed law within 40 days or put it on the ballot if they don't have the votes. This measure would prohibit the Legislature from passing a bill with identical language and then amending or repealing it in the same session.

2018 Senate Joint Resolution T and House Joint Resolution KK: Lower minimum voting age to 16. Introduced by Sen. David Knezek (D) and Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D), respectively, to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to lower the minimum voting age from 18 to 16.

2018 House Joint Resolution LL: Repeal same sex marriage ban. Introduced by Rep. Jon Hoadley (D), to place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to repeal Section 25 of the Michigan Constitution, which states, “To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.”

Source: MichiganVotes.org

Huizenga votes

Here's how U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, voted on congressional legislation last week:

HR 6157 — Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019: Y

HR 5515 — On Closing Portions of the Conference Yea Engle Act: Y

HR 6136 — Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018: Y

HR 5841 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018: Y

HR 2083 — Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act: Y

HR 4294 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Prevention of Private Information Dissemination Act of 2017: Y

HR 5783 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Cooperate with Law Enforcement Agencies and Watch Act of 2018: Y

HR 299 — On motion to suspend the rules and pass, as amended, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018: Y

Source: huizenga.house.gov

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