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Procedural Hurdles Cleared For 2 Proposed Constitutional Amendments

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LANSING (WWJ) – Two proposed constitutional amendments supported by Michigan unions have cleared procedural hurdles allowing their campaigns to continue.

WWJ Newsradio 950 Reporter Mike Campbell says forms of petitions sponsored by the groups have been approved by the Board of State Canvassers.

The newest of the proposals aims to put what is now called the Michigan Quality Community Care Council in the state constitution.

The proposal would protect some collective bargaining rights for employees, a clause opponents say may conflict with federal law.

The other proposal is backed by a broad union coalition. The Protect Our Jobs campaign would enshrine collective bargaining rights in the constitution and serve as a pre-emptive strike against possible right-to-work legislation.

Supporters would need to collect at least 322,609 valid voter signatures to put the proposed constitutional amendments before voters in November.

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