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Rep. Tisdel, Sen. Webber move to end exception to slavery ban in Michigan
RELEASE|September 21, 2023
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Rep. Mark Tisdel and Sen. Michael Webber on Wednesday introduced measures in both chambers of the state Legislature to eliminate the exception clause in Michigan’s ban on slavery and involuntary servitude.

Tisdel introduced House Joint Resolution G to amend a clause in the Michigan Constitution that permits the use of involuntary servitude as criminal punishment.

The resolution would delete the words “unless for the punishment of crime” from Article I, Section 9 of the Michigan Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state.”

“There should be no exceptions to our constitution’s ban on slavery and involuntary servitude,” said Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills. “I am proud to introduce this crucial and long-overdue amendment to our state constitution, and I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to get it done.”

Webber introduced the same measure in the Senate as Senate Joint Resolution G. If approved by the Legislature, the proposed constitutional amendment would be presented to voters for approval in the next general election.

“This is a commonsense update to something that doesn’t belong in the Michigan Constitution in the first place,” said Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “I am confident this important correction will receive support from all sides of the aisle and in both chambers.”

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