Felons in the Michigan legislature? Voters get a say
LANSING, Michigan: Spurred by a growing concern about political corruption, the Michigan House of Representatives joined the Michigan State Senate in voting to refer to the November 2, 2010 ballot in Michigan a statewide ballot measure that would ban felons from serving in office until at least 20 years from their time of their crime.
The Michigan Felon Politician Ban Amendment (2010) is sponsored by Sen. Tupac Hunter. Hunter said that although many newspaper reports about the amendment say that it is directed at disgraced and convicted former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, it was not his intention to specifically target Kilpatrick but rather to combat widespread political corruption:
- "I'm well aware of the ongoing FBI investigations into various city hall scandals, but this isn't the first time we've heard of public corruption in this state. There are people brought up on charges for corruption in local school districts, people in other cities have been brought up on corruption. Now it's up to the public to vote on what standards we will uphold."
- Michigan Felon Politician Ban Amendment (2010)
- Michigan 2010 ballot measures
- How to amend the Michigan Constitution
- Law enforcement measures on the 2010 ballot
- Kwame Kilpatrick recall (2008)
- Detroit News, "Voters get say on felons in office," June 18, 2010
- Detroit Free Press,"Felons could be kept out of office," June 11, 2010
- Associated Press,"Proposal would crack down on felon politicians," June 10, 2010
- Detroit Free Press, "20-year ban for convicted officials to go before voters," June 18, 2010