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  •  Interested to know specifics of how the (0+ / 0-)

    legislation could be written to avoid a referendum vote.

    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:09:22 AM PST

    •  History of the appropriations gimmick (10+ / 0-)

      My comment from another diary:
       A little historical background may be insightful. In another infamous lame-duck session.  Republicans passed a controversial concealed carry gun law allowing almost everyone to carry a concealed weapon almost everywhere. They attached  funds to the bill to pay for the State Police education about the law (or some such petty reason) of $1 million dollars. The Michigan constitution allows passed laws to be put on the ballot unless they are appropriation bills. The opponents of the law went to the State Supreme Court to argue that the ancillary appropriation didn't really rise to the constitutional concept of an "appropriations bill", which clearly to most people it doesn't. However, since the Republicans had a majority of the supremes, they decided that a major policy bill with one line of appropriation was protected by the constitution. It was a purely   political decision, but there was nowhere to appeal. Since then, that tactic has been used whenever the legislature wants to make it harder to repeal an onerous bill.  

    •  Under Michigan law... (6+ / 0-)

      ...legislation making appropriations may not be overturned via referendum. So they often add a token appropriation to controversial bills to prevent them from being overturned at the ballot. The state Supreme Court has said that's ok.

    •  As I understand… (3+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, a2nite, ROGNM

      …all they had to do was attach an appropriation.

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      by DemSign on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:14:56 AM PST

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