DETROIT (AP) - Michigan voters on Tuesday decided against calling a convention to rewrite the state constitution, opting instead to leave the 1963 version in place, while approving a constitutional amendment aimed at keeping crooked public officials out of office for at least two decades.
Proposal 1 was rejected by voters 67 percent to 33 percent with 94 percent of precincts counted, according to unofficial returns tabulated by The Associated Press. The constitutional convention proposal is automatically put on the ballot every 16 years and similar proposals failed in 1978 and 1994.
A coalition that includes the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan State AFL-CIO and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association opposed the measure. So did the official platforms of the Michigan Republican and Democratic parties.
Critics estimated that a convention could cost the cash-strapped state $45 million and would effectively handcuff incoming governor Rick Snyder and the new state Legislature for two years while the new constitution was written.
Voters approved Proposal 2 by a 75 percent to 25 percent margin with 93 percent of precincts reporting. The constitutional amendment bans public officials convicted of felonies violating the public trust from holding for 20 years after a conviction.