CC 942, ( June 1983 ) 4 pages
The Legislative Apportionment Predicament
These inadequacies were again apparent in the 1982 reapportionment effort when the apportionment commission once again deadlocked and turned the matter over to the Michigan Supreme Court. This time the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that all apportionment provisions of the Michigan constitution became null and void with the 1964 U.S. Supreme Court decision. The court found that both standards and process are “inextricably intertwined” and the apportionment commission cannot survive without apportionment rules. This decision means that rather than merely having inadequacies in the basic law, Michigan is without basic law to govern this vital concern. Clearly, a new reapportionment process designed to produce legislative districts that are fairly drawn in conformance with specific standards is imperative – the fair and effective representation of Michigan citizens is at stake.