Michigan Supreme Court Grants Immediate Oral Argument on Efforts to Place Constitutional Changes on November Ballot

In a rare move, especially in August, the Michigan Supreme Court issued several orders today granting oral arguments for tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. on applications challenging Court of Appeals decisions concerning efforts to place proposed changes to the Michigan Constitution on the November 2012 General Election ballot.

Although the issues are diverse and unique, one of the cases addresses efforts by labor unions to have provisions of the Constitution changed to protect bargaining and negotiation as a “constitutional right”, among other provisions.  You can read the Court of Appeals opinion below, which was issued on Monday, August 27.  I have also attached the  Supreme Court’s spate of orders so you can see the docket numbers and look at the Court of Appeals opinion for each case that will be addressed by the Court. One of the Court’s orders is not coming up on the Court’s website; it relates to Court of Appeals Docket No. 312088

This will obviously be publicized and may be televised on Michigan Government Television, but it is after 1:00 p.m. so I do not know if they will air it live.

Protect Our Jobs v Bd of State Canvassers

POJ Order

MAP Order

CMMJ Order

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