Ballot Proposals Could Fill the November 2018 Ballot
August 30, 2017
The primary election on November 6, 2018 will be a significant election for the State of Michigan with the election of a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State; along with all state House and Senate members, all US Representatives, and a US Senate seat on the ballot.
But, if that isn’t enough, there is currently the potential for nine ballot initiatives to make their way to on the ballot as well. None of them have cleared to process of being eligible to appear on the ballot at this point. They include:
- Keep our Lakes Great - This is a proposed initiated law to enact the Great Lakes Pipeline Safety Regulation Act to terminate an existing Straits of Mackinaw Pipe Line Easement and prohibit the state from granting easements for pipelines to transport crude oil or liquid petroleum products over, through, under or upon Great Lakes bottomlands.
- Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol - The proposed initiated law would authorize the personal possession and use of marijuana by individuals aged 21 years and older and control the commercial production and distribution of marijuana.
- Protecting Michigan Taxpayers - The proposed initiated law would repeal the Prevailing Wages and Fringe Act, 1965 PA 166, MCL 408.551 to 408.558.
- Raise Michigan – The proposed initiated law would create the Earned Sick Time Act, requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for personal or family health purposes and providing penalties for violations of the Act.
- Clean Michigan – A proposed constitutional amendment would require a part-time legislature and limit legislators’ compensation and retirement benefits.
- Voters Not Politicians – A proposed constitutional amendment would create a new commission tasked with redrawing legislative district boundaries every 10 years. The group wants to have independent public oversight over the redistricting process through a 13-member commission.
- Michigan One Fair Wage – This is a proposal to increase Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022 and require annual inflationary adjustments.
- MI Time to Care - The proposal would require employers to provide and authorize employees to use sick leave subject to certain conditions.
- Abrogate Prohibition Michigan – This is a proposed constitutional amendment which would legalize the agricultural, personal, recreational, commercial or other use of marijuana.