Michigan constitution

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   People elected to tribal offices are exempt from a portion of the Michigan Constitution that involves who can run for state and local offices. 

The Michigan Supreme Court issued an opinion Monday.

The constitution says that if a person is convicted of a felony involving dishonesty or fraud, and that stems from their position in state, local or federal government, then that person can’t run for another elective office in Michigan. The court said in its opinion that tribes do not count as “local governments.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state lawmaker wants to amend the Michigan Constitution to ensure there is a right to keep electronically stored information private.

State Senator Jim Runestad says laws have not kept pace with the ways personal information can be taken from computers, cell phones, tablets and web sites. He says law enforcement should not be allowed to go searching through a person’s electronically stored information without a court’s permission.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave has co-sponsored legislation that requires the legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1 each year. 

The joint resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to establish the July 1 deadline and would ensure legislators adhere to it. Should lawmakers fail to complete the budget in time, they would forfeit their daily salaries until the governor gets the budget.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Senate wants teachers to instruct students about core principles from the U.S. constitution, Declaration of Independence and the state Constitution.

Two bills encouraging teachers to dig into the founding documents were approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled Senate.

Lawmakers clashed over whether the bills would encourage teaching of entire documents or just specific sections. Sen. Patrick Colbeck, a Republican from Canton Township, says instruction wouldn't be limited to core principles listed in the legislation.

Raising MI judge age limit not a priority

Jan 2, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's chief justice says he supports an age limit for judges but believes it probably could be raised to account for longevity and advances in medicine.  

A number of Michigan judges didn't seek another term in November because the state's Constitution says candidates can't run if they've turned 70. Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. says he's not in favor of eliminating an age restriction.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered the state appeals court to decide by Monday whether a union-supported referendum gets on the November ballot.

A group called Protect Our Jobs wants voters to decide whether collective bargaining rights should be written into the state Constitution. The appeals court heard arguments Wednesday after the Board of State Canvassers declined to put the question on the ballot.

Critics, including Governor Rick Snyder, say the referendum it is too broad and illegal.