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Michigan "Fair Use of Ballot Referendum" Amendment (2014)

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The Michigan "Fair Use of Ballot Referendum" Amendment will not appear on the November 4, 2014 statewide ballot in Michigan as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have allowed bills containing appropriations to be the subject of referendums.[1]

Support

The measure was sponsored by Voters for Fair Use of Ballot Referendum.[2]

Arguments

  • Bill Lucas, founder Voters for Fair Use of Ballot Referendum, argued that the amendment is needed because "politicians are adding token amounts of spending into otherwise non-budgetary laws in order to keep them referendum-proof. This is side-stepping voters’ rights that have been in our constitution for 100 years."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Michigan

Supporters were required to gather 322,609 signatures and submit them by July 7, 2014.

They did not submit any signatures on the petition drive deadline.[4]

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