HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION P

March 13, 2024, Introduced by Reps. Tsernoglou, Paiz, Neeley, Brenda Carter, Young, Conlin, Dievendorf, MacDonell, Byrnes, Rheingans, Andrews, Morgan, McKinney, Hood, Brabec and Brixie and referred to the Committee on Elections.

A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state constitution of 1963, by amending section 2 of article XII, to modify the deadline for filing petitions to amend the state constitution.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the state of Michigan, That the following amendment to the state constitution of 1963, to modify the deadline for filing petitions to amend the state constitution, is proposed, agreed to, and submitted to the people of the state:

article XII

Sec. 2. Amendments may be proposed to this constitution by petition of the registered electors of this state. Every petition shall must include the full text of the proposed amendment, and be signed by registered electors of the this state equal in number to at least 10 percent of the total vote cast for all candidates for governor at the last preceding general election at which a governor was elected. Such The petitions shall must be filed with the person authorized by law to receive the same petitions at least 120 160 days before the election at which the proposed amendment is to be voted upon. Any such petition shall on. Petitions must be in the form, and shall must be signed and circulated in such manner, as prescribed by law. The person authorized by law to receive such petition the petitions shall upon its receipt determine, as provided by law, the validity and sufficiency of the signatures on the petition, petitions, and make an official announcement thereof of the validity and sufficiency of the signatures at least 60 65 days prior to before the election at which the proposed amendment is to be voted upon.on.

Any amendment proposed by such petition shall must be submitted, not less than 120 160 days after it the petition was filed, to the electors at the next general election. Such The proposed amendment, existing provisions of the constitution which that would be altered or abrogated thereby, by the proposed amendment, and the question as it the question shall appear on the ballot shall must be published in full as provided by law. Copies of such the publication shall must be posted in each polling place and furnished to news media as provided by law.

The ballot to be used in such the election shall must contain a statement of the purpose of the proposed amendment, expressed in not more than 100 words, exclusive of caption. Such The statement of purpose and caption shall must be prepared by the person authorized by law, and shall must consist of a true and impartial statement of the purpose of the amendment in such language as shall that does not create no prejudice for or against the proposed amendment.

If the proposed amendment is approved by a majority of the electors voting on the question, it shall become the amendment becomes part of the constitution , and shall abrogate abrogates or amend amends existing provisions of the constitution at the end of 45 days after the date of the election at which it the amendment was approved. If two or more amendments approved by the electors at the same election conflict, that amendment receiving the highest affirmative vote shall prevail.prevails.

Resolved further, That the foregoing amendment shall be submitted to the people of the state at the next general election in the manner provided by law.