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BALLOT PROPOSAL: Seeks to bar felons from public office

The Michigan House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution V Thursday to allow voters to vote to amend Michigan’s Constitution to keep certain convicted felons from holding an elected or appointed position or certain public jobs.

SJR V would disqualify a person who has been convicted of certain felonies from election or appointment to any state or local elective office or from holding a position of public employment in the state that has policy-making or discretionary authority over public assets. Specifically, a person would be ineligible for such public service if, within the immediately preceding 20 years,  convicted of a felony involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or a breach of the public trust, and the conviction was related to the person’s official capacity while holding any elected office or position of employment in local, state, or federal government.

SJR V passed the State Senate unanimously last week and the House Thursday. Voters will decide the question on the Nov. 2 ballot.

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