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2007 Senate Joint Resolution I: Repeal unconstitutional provisions in state Constitution
  1. Introduced by Sen. Michelle McManus (R) on October 10, 2007, to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to repeal various provisions of the state Constitution that have been ruled unconstitutional by state or federal courts. These include: A requirement that an elector have property in a district that is affected by an election in order to be qualified to vote; the formula for reapportioning State senatorial and representative districts; provisions that establish a Commission on Legislative Apportionment; term limit requirements for members of Congress; and language stating that unreasonable search and seizure provisions are not to be construed to bar from evidence any drug, firearm, bomb, explosive, or any other dangerous weapon, seized by a peace officer outside the curtilage of any dwelling house.
    • Referred to the Senate Campaign & Election Oversight Committee on October 10, 2007.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on October 17, 2007. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 17, 2007.
    • Substitute offered by Sen. Michelle McManus (R) on November 7, 2007, to replace the previous version of the resolution with one that does not contain the proposed changes to Article I, Section 11 regarding evidence in criminal trials. Other changes revise details but do not change the substance of the resolution as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 7, 2007.
  2. Passed 27 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2007, to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to repeal various provisions of the state Constitution that have been ruled unconstitutional by state or federal courts. These include: A requirement that an elector have property in a district that is affected by an election in order to be qualified to vote; the formula for reapportioning State senatorial and representative districts; provisions that establish a Commission on Legislative Apportionment; and term limit requirements for members of Congress.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Motion by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on November 7, 2007, that further consideration of the joint resolution be postponed for today. The motion failed 16 to 22 in the Senate on November 7, 2007.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  4. Moved to reconsider by Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on November 7, 2007, the vote by which the joint resolution was adopted. The motion failed 17 to 21 in the Senate on November 7, 2007.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on November 7, 2007.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on November 7, 2007.

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