John A. Fairlie


In April of last year the proposition to call a convention to revise the Constitution of Michigan was adopted by a substantial popular vote. The approach of the time when this Convention will be called suggests the advisability of discussing at least some of the changes which may be proposed. For while the full debate on proposed changes must take place in the Convention and after its work is submitted for popular ratification, it is important that some definite ideas should be publicly considered even before the delegates are elected. At the outset it should be understood that if the present State Constitution followed the models of the National Constitution and the earlier state constitutions in dealing only with the fundamental organs of government, there would be little need for any general revision. And it may be admitted that no radical changes in the fundamental principles of American government will be adopted or perhaps even seriously discussed.