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Old October 29th, 2012, 04:38 PM   #17
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correct me if I am wrong, but if you all vote no on 6 will that not allow the government to build the bridge without voters consent.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/so...e_399444_7.pdf

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A proposal to amend the State Constitution regarding construction of international bridges and tunnels. (Proposal provided under an initiative petition filed with the Secretary of State on July 9, 2012.)
This proposal would add a new Section 6a to Article 3 of the State Constitution to read as follows:
Section 6a. (1) The people should decide whether state government may construct or finance new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles. Consistent with this policy, and to shield the people from unnecessary burdens, the state shall not undertake ownership and development of or use state funds or resources for new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles unless first determined to be necessary and appropriate by majority vote of the people.
(2) The provisions in this subsection (2) shall apply in the interpretation of this section. a) “Ownership and development” shall include all activities involving and
relating to all or part of commencing, constructing, or financing new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles, or related facilities, including but not limited to any one or more of the following: optioning or acquiring interests in property; promoting, designing, bidding, contracting for, or constructing; or in any manner directly or indirectly financing or assisting in financing property acquisition, design, or construction of such improvements.
b) “State” shall include the state of Michigan, and any one or more, or a combination of state agencies, authorities, commissions, districts, or other subdivisions or instrumentalities of state government.
c) The procedure for seeking a determination by majority vote of the people under this section shall be that procedure provided by law for the submission and approval of petitions to propose, enact, and reject laws by initiative under article 2, §9 of this constitution, with the exceptions that: 1) a proposal under this section may not be approved by the legislature in lieu of a vote of the people; and 2) an approval by the people shall require an affirmative vote of a majority of electors in both (A) the state and (B) each municipality in which improvements are situated, considering the impact on local services and facilities and that public ownership and operation would impact local property taxation.
d) “New international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” shall mean any bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of January 1, 2012. No vested rights are attributed to any state international bridge or tunnel initiative that is not serving traffic as of that date.
e) Any ambiguity in the interpretation of this section shall be resolved in favor of shielding the people from practical or financial burdens associated with state
Full Text of Proposed Constitutional Amendment Petition Sponsor: The People Should Decide Proposal 12-6 Page 2
government ownership and development of international bridges and tunnels for motor vehicles.
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