HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION H

 

January 26, 2011, Introduced by Reps. Agema, Callton, Somerville, Haines, Tyler, Huuki, Crawford, MacMaster, Shaughnessy, LaFontaine, Genetski and Franz and referred to the Committee on Redistricting and Elections.

 

     A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state

 

constitution of 1963, by amending sections 13, 31, and 54 of

 

article IV, to limit the legislative session, to provide that

 

certain state budget bills be presented to the governor on or

 

before a certain date, and to modify term limits for certain

 

elected state offices.

 

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the

 

state of Michigan, That the following amendment to the state

 

constitution of 1963, to limit the legislative session, to provide

 

that certain state budget bills be presented to the governor on or

 

before a certain date, and to modify term limits for certain

 

elected state offices, is proposed, agreed to, and submitted to the

 

people of the state:


 

ARTICLE IV

 

     Sec. 13. Except when the legislature is called to convene on

 

extraordinary occasions, the legislature shall only meet as

 

provided in this section. The legislature shall meet at the seat of

 

government on the second Wednesday in January of each year at

 

twelve o'clock noon. Each regular session shall adjourn without

 

day, on a day determined by concurrent resolution, at twelve

 

o'clock noon. Any business, bill or joint resolution pending at the

 

final adjournment of a regular session held in an odd numbered year

 

shall carry over with the same status to the next regular session.

 

In 2013 and every year after 2013, the legislature shall meet for

 

not more than 150 consecutive days or 5 months.

 

     Sec. 31. The general appropriation bills for the succeeding

 

fiscal period covering items set forth in the budget shall be

 

passed or rejected in either house of the legislature before that

 

house passes any appropriation bill for items not in the budget

 

except bills supplementing appropriations for the current fiscal

 

year's operation. Any bill requiring an appropriation to carry out

 

its purpose shall be considered an appropriation bill. One of the

 

general appropriation bills as passed by the legislature shall

 

contain an itemized statement of estimated revenue by major source

 

in each operating fund for the ensuing fiscal period, the total of

 

which shall not be less than the total of all appropriations made

 

from each fund in the general appropriation bills as passed. The

 

legislature shall present all general appropriation bills for the

 

succeeding fiscal period to the governor on or before June 15 of

 

each year.


 

     Sec. 54. No person shall be elected to the office of serve as

 

a state representative more than three times. No person shall be

 

elected to the office of state senate more than two times or state

 

senator for a combined total of more than 16 years. Any person

 

appointed or elected to fill a vacancy in the house of

 

representatives or the state senate for a period greater than one

 

half of a term of such office, who holds office for one day or more

 

within a calendar year shall be considered to have been elected to

 

serve one time in that office served the entire calendar year for

 

purposes of this section. This limitation on the number of times

 

years a person shall be elected to may serve in office shall apply

 

to terms of office beginning on or after January 1, 1993. A person

 

is not eligible to serve as a state representative or state senator

 

unless that person is eligible to serve the entire term of that

 

office under this section.

 

     This section shall be self-executing. Legislation may be

 

enacted to facilitate operation of this section, but no law shall

 

limit or restrict the application of this section. If any part of

 

this section is held to be invalid or unconstitutional, the

 

remaining parts of this section shall not be affected but will

 

remain in full force and effect.

 

     Resolved further, That the foregoing amendment shall be

 

submitted to the people of the state at the next general election

 

in the manner provided by law.