Election Day is November 6th! In this guide you will find all of the Chamber's candidate endorsements as well as the Chamber's position on the three ballot proposals. We encourage you to study this guide and make your voice heard on November 6th!
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Michigan Chamber's Position on the 2018 Ballot Proposals
PROPOSAL 1: Legalization of Recreational Use of Marijuana
A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers
Michigan Chamber Position: NO
The Michigan Chamber opposes state and local efforts to legalize the adult recreational use of marijuana as it would threaten the ability of employers to maintain a safe and drug-free workplace. In addition, the proposal raises a host of questions related to drug-free workplace policies and employer rights.
This proposal would:
- Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.
- Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces be secured in locked containers.
- Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.
- Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10% tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.
- Change several current violations from crimes to civil infractions.
PROPOSAL 2: Establish a Redistricting Commission
A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years
Michigan Chamber Position: NO
The Michigan Chamber opposes the so-called “Voter’s Not Politicians” effort to drastically alter the State Constitution with an amendment to completely change the process of redistricting in Michigan. The proposal would replace fair and legal standards and legislative input in favor of a 13-member “citizen commission” purposefully designed to ensure commissioners have no experience or knowledge of drawing legislative districts. If enacted, this overly complex proposal would prevent judicial review and strip the Legislature, the people’s branch of government, of input and place an inordinate amount of power in the hands of a partisan Secretary of State allowing one political party to be favored over another.
This proposed constitutional amendment would:
- Create a commission of 13 registered voters randomly selected by the Secretary of State:
- 4 each who self-identify as affiliated with the 2 major political parties; and
- 5 who self-identify as unaffiliated with major political parties
- Prohibit partisan officeholders and candidates, their employees, certain relatives, and lobbyists from serving as commissioners
- Establish new redistricting criteria including geographically compact and contiguous districts of equal population, reflecting Michigan's diverse population and communities of interest. Districts shall not provide disproportionate advantage to political parties or candidates.
- Require an appropriation of funds for commission operations and commissioner compensation.
PROPOSAL 3: Changes to Voting Processes
A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and post-election audits to the Michigan Constitution
Michigan Chamber Position: NO Position
This proposed constitutional amendment would allow a United States citizen who is qualified to vote in Michigan to:
- Become automatically registered to vote when applying for, updating or renewing a driver's license or state-issued personal identification card, unless the person declines.
- Simultaneously register to vote with proof of residency and obtain a ballot during the 2-week period prior to an election, up to and including Election Day.
- Obtain an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
- Cast a straight-ticket vote for all candidates of a particular political party when voting in a partisan general election.