Does Michigan Need a New Constitution?

Griffin Policy Forum

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Park Library Auditorium
7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
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Discussion Topics

  • Why is the Michigan Constitution longer than the U.S. Constitution adopted more than 200 years ago?
  • Michigan citizens are scheduled to vote in 2010 on whether we need a new Constitutional Convention. Is that too long to wait?
  • Is our current state constitution outdated? Has it become too loaded down with amendments adopted by voters over the years?
  • Should our state constitution contain language relating to issues such as affirmative action, gay marriage, and abortion that may more properly belong under the jurisdiction of the federal government?
  • Is it too easy to amend our state constitution?

Panelists

  • John Axe, Chairman, Citizens for Michigan
  • Emily Broderick, '05, Student, University of Michigan Law School
  • Tony Derezinski, Director of Government Relations, Michigan Association of School Boards; Former State Senator (D-Muskegon)
  • Bob LaBrant JD, CCE, Senior Vice President for Political Affairs and General Counsel, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Moderator

Bill Ballenger, Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, Central Michigan University; Editor, Inside Michigan Politics

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The Griffin Policy Forums are hosted twice yearly by the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of Political Science at Central Michigan University.

About the Griffin Endowed Chair

The Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University was established through generous gifts from alumni, faculty and friends of the university. It provides continuing support to fund the salary and associated costs of a government and public policy expert to serve as a faculty member in the Political Science department and to host twice yearly forums addressing public policy issues.

The endowment is named to recognize the significant public service and contributions of distinguished CMU alumni Robert P. and Marjorie Griffin. Robert Griffin, '47, is a former U.S. Senator, and his wife, Marjorie, '44, is a former Clarke Historical Library board member.