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Wed August 15, 2012
Energy, Home Health Care Proposals OK'd for Ballot
The Board of State Canvassers has approved two ballot proposals for Michigan's Nov. 6 ballot.
The board on Wednesday certified petitions for ballot initiatives involving renewable energy and in-home care providers.
The renewable energy measure mandates 25% of the state's energy come from renewable sources by 2025. The other measure would make training, regulation and union rights available to home health care workers.
A proposal involving collective bargaining rights was rejected after the board deadlocked 2-2 along party lines.
Backers of the plan have asked courts to intervene. There was no immediate court action.
Another proposal calling for expanded casino gambling was pulled Tuesday after the state Court of Appeals ruled it was unconstitutional.
Proposals requiring two-thirds majorities in the Legislature to raise taxes and another restricting new U.S.-Canadian bridge construction await approval. A proposal limiting powers of state-appointed emergency managers has been certified.