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Karoub Report – September 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: September 20, 2018


Now it is official. Michigan voters will not be able to vote a straight-ticket when they go to the polls in November; In a late move to take control of the paid sick leave and $12 minimum wage citizen initiated petitions, the House and Senate passed the measures with the intent of Republican leadership to come back in lame duck to amend one, if not both of them. Therefore, those two initiatives will not be decided by voters. However, the November general election ballot will include: Proposal 1 to allow personal possession and use of marijuana by people older than 21 while regulating the distribution and commercial production of recreational marijuana. Proposal 2 to end partisan gerrymandering in Michigan. Proposal 3 to amend the state constitution to authorize automatic and Election Day, voter registration, no-reason absentee voting and straight-ticket voting and add current legal requirements for military overseas voting and post-election audits to the Michigan Constitution; Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Executive Order 2018-10 that creates a new fraud unit division within the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) to conduct background checks on applicants for licenses and current licensees, looking into insurance fraud claims; Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, along with eight Metro Detroit residents, have filed suit in federal court asking that the state’s No-Fault Act be declared unconstitutional; Protect Michigan Jobs, a union-backed group, has asked the Court of Claims to declare the initiative and repealed Michigan’s prevailing wage law violates the state constitution. That group and Michigan Building and Trades Construction Council wants a permanent injunction placed on any enforcement of PA 171, which was effective June 6 and repealed the 50-year old law that mandated construction workers on state-financed construction projects be paid fair and reasonable wages; and Gov. Snyder says he will not endorse any candidates running to replace him – not even Republican nominee Bill Schuette. For more on these and other legislative issues, please click on the September 2018 Karoub Report below.


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