At least nine campaigns are in various stages of development to put questions before Michigan voters in 2018.
The initiatives are setting up what could be major policy changes on issues like legalizing recreational marijuana, repealing the state’s prevailing wage law and establishing an independent redistricting committee.
The Secretary of State’s Office lists nine active initiatives or constitutional amendments, although none have been formally cleared to appear on ballots.
As part of the process, the state Board of Canvassers must approve petition language. The campaign then has 180 days to gather about 252,000 qualified signatures to get on the ballot. If the Board of Canvassers verifies the signatures, the Legislature then has 40 days to enact or reject the proposed law, or to “propose a different measure on the same question.” If the Legislature does nothing, the proposal goes before the voters.
According to the Secretary of State, the following proposals were filed as of Dec. 7:
The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is the primary effort to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana for those age 21 and older and control its commercial production and distribution. On Nov. 20, the campaign submitted 360,000 signatures, well beyond the 252,000 necessary to get on the ballot, to be verified by the state Bureau of Elections. The regulatory structure is modeled after rules that took effect in 2017 for medical marijuana. The proposal has backing from major national and statewide groups, including the Marijuana Policy Project and the ACLU of Michigan. Protecting Michigan Taxpayers would repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law of 1965 for state-financed construction projects. Similar initiatives and efforts in the Legislature to repeal prevailing wage have failed in recent years, although the campaign submitted more than 380,000 signatures in early November and could be verified by January. The Michigan