referendum http://michiganradio.org en This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, dissolving school districts, ban on wolf hunting http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-medicaid-expansion-dissolving-school-districts-ban-wolf-hunting <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss Governor Snyder and Randy Richardville's <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-continues-push-medicaid-expansion">final efforts to expand Medicaid</a>, a bill recently signed to dissolve financially struggling school districts in Michigan, and another <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/you-could-be-asked-vote-two-michigan-wolf-hunt-laws-november-2014">ballot initiative to ban wolf hunting</a>.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:15:52 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13358 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, dissolving school districts, ban on wolf hunting Is it time to reconsider the way Michigan puts referendums and amendments on the ballot? http://michiganradio.org/post/it-time-reconsider-way-michigan-puts-referendums-and-amendments-ballot <p>Michigan voters should know by September 7th how many statewide ballot questions and referendums will appear on the November ballot.</p><p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8911 at http://michiganradio.org Is it time to reconsider the way Michigan puts referendums and amendments on the ballot? Commentary: Referendum madness http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-referendum-madness <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">If everyone who is trying to get a referendum on something on the ballot this fall succeeds, every conscientious person may end up having to spend half an hour in the voting booth in November.</font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:50:45 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7247 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Referendum madness Petitions now in state hands,Public Act 4 opponents call for "supervised process" http://michiganradio.org/post/petitions-now-state-handspublic-act-4-opponents-call-supervised-process <p>Opponents of Michigan&rsquo;s emergency manager law, Public Act 4, say they&rsquo;re concerned about the integrity of petitions they just handed over to the Secretary of State.</p><p>If enough petition signatures are certified (approximately 161,000--organizers say they&#39;ve collected more than 220,000), the law would be suspended until a voter referendum in November.</p><p>Because it&rsquo;s a politically-charged matter of numbers, organizers say they want to make sure those petitions are supervised and handled properly.</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 02:22:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6510 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency manager law opponents, armed with petitions, head to Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-law-opponents-armed-petitions-head-lansing <p>Opponents of Michigan&rsquo;s emergency manager law will descend on Lansing with petitions Wednesday.</p><p>The coalition fighting Public Act 4 says they&rsquo;ve collected more than 218,000 signatures to put the measure up for voter referendum in November.</p><p>They need the state to certify about 161,000 of those signatures for that to happen&mdash;and for the law to be suspended until the vote.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 05:16:24 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6423 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency manager law opponents, armed with petitions, head to Lansing How state lawmakers are making sure you can’t repeal their laws http://michiganradio.org/post/how-state-lawmakers-are-making-sure-you-can-t-repeal-their-laws <p>In Michigan, voters are allowed to overturn laws they don&#39;t like. This is how it works: you try and get enough signatures to get a referendum to repeal the law on a ballot. If a majority of voters vote against the law... it&#39;s repealed. But there&#39;s a catch: laws that have appropriations attached to them cannot be repealed by voters.</p><p>Just this week, Michigan Radio <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-could-vote-no-fault-auto-insurance-changes-week">reported on a proposal</a> that would drastically alter the state&rsquo;s no-fault auto insurance law. The House proposal includes a $50,000 appropriation that protects the measure from a voter-led ballot initiative.</p><p>This is the fourth time this year Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol have <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/some-laws-shielded-voter-referendums">added appropriations to a controversial bill to keep it referendum-proof</a>.</p><p>I spoke with Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, about this cunning, political maneuver. He&rsquo;s been keeping an eye on this story for months.</p><p><strong>Why We Should Care</strong></p><p>For some, the words, &ldquo;referendum,&rdquo; &ldquo;appropriation,&rdquo; and &ldquo;voter-led ballot&rdquo; aren&rsquo;t that important; in fact, maybe they just sound like more of the same insider politics. But, Pluta explains it this way:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">If you&rsquo;re a voter who does not think that anything the legislature does should ever be challenged, I guess you would consider [this] not too terribly important. But, if you do think that [the right to vote against a law in a referendum] should be preserved&hellip; then you might find the whole thing to be a little devious. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:39:17 +0000 Zoe Clark 4732 at http://michiganradio.org How state lawmakers are making sure you can’t repeal their laws Some laws shielded from voter referendums http://michiganradio.org/post/some-laws-shielded-voter-referendums <p>The Michigan Constitution gives people the right to challenge laws they don&rsquo;t like by calling a voter referendum. The only laws immune to a referendum are measures that appropriate money.</p><p>The framers of the constitution did not want to put the state&rsquo;s ability to pay its bills at risk. &nbsp;</p><p>But some critics complain the Legislature is misusing that power to make some controversial measures referendum-proof.</p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 20:48:41 +0000 Rick Pluta 3039 at http://michiganradio.org Some laws shielded from voter referendums