Felons in the Michigan legislature? Voters get a say

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June 18, 2010

Tupac Hunter, sponsor of the felon ban amendment

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.[1]

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."[1]

The ban-on-felonious politicians amendment is the 128th ballot measure to be certified for the 2010 ballot.

The Michigan State Senate voted unanimously (35-0) on June 10 in favor of putting the Felonious Politicians Ban on the ballot.[2][3]

On Thursday, June 17, the Michigan House of Representatives voted by 91-13 to place the measure on the November ballot.[4]

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