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State of Our Community Breakfast - Friday, Sep. 21

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Name: State of Our Community Breakfast - Friday, Sep. 21
Date: September 21, 2018
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM EDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:
Join us on Friday, September 21 at Sunnybrook Country Club  where you will hear from local leaders on pertinent topics that impact the business community.  A combination of business, education and government will be covered, 
"Future of Malls, 2018 Ballot Proposals, GRCC Partnerships" 
 Friday, Sep. 21, Sunnybrook Country Club, 624 Port Sheldon, Grandville 
7:30 am - 8 am - Informal networking & registration - $20 
8 am - 9 am - Speakers (Register below by Thursday at 12 pm) 

Open to the Public we will cover: 

"The Future of Malls in America" 
Mike Murray, Senior VP of Colliers 
2018 Ballot Proposals- 2018 Ballot Proposals ( See below)   
Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs Grand Rapids 

Grand Rapids Community College and Business Partnerships 
Julie Parks, Executive Director of Workforce Training at Grand Rapis Community College  

Proposal 1: Legalize recreational marijuana

A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers.

This proposal would:

  • Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.

  • Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces to be secured in locked containers.

  • Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.

  • Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10% excise tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.

  • Change several current violations from crimes to civil infractions.

Proposal 2: Establish an independent citizens redistricting commission

A proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution to create an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. If adopted, this amendment would transfer the authority to draw Congressional and State Legislative district lines from the Legislature and Governor to the Independent Commission. The selection process will be administered by the Secretary of State. Thirteen commissioners will be randomly selected from a pool of registered voters, and consist of four members who self-identify with each of the two major political parties, and five non-affiliated, independent members. Current and former partisan elected officials, lobbyists, party officers and their employees are not eligible to serve. The proposal is to be voted in the November 6, 2018 General Election.

Proposal 2 would amend Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of Article IV, Sections 1, 2, and 4 of Article V, and Sections 1 and 4 of Article VI of the Michigan Constitution.

Proposal 3: Voting Rights Policies Initiative

A proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution of 1963 by amending Article II, Section 4. If adopted the proposal would provide citizens qualified to vote in Michigan with the following rights: to vote a secret ballot; for military and overseas voters to be sent a ballot 45 days before an election; to vote straight party on all partisan general election ballots; to be automatically registered to vote when obtaining a driver’s license or personal identification card from the Secretary of State, unless the person declines; to register to vote by mail on or before the 15th day before an election; to register to vote in person at any time with proof of residency; to vote an absentee ballot, by mail or in person, without giving a reason; and to have election results audited to ensure the accuracy of elections. This proposal is to be voted on at the November 6, 2018 general election.

The Voting Rights Policies Initiative would amend Section 4 of Article II of the state constitution.


Sunnybrook Country Club 
624 Port Sheldon
Grandville MI 49418 
Date/Time Information:
Friday, September 21 
7:30 am - 9:00 am 
$20 Members   

Watermark Continental Buffet
Assorted breakfast pastries, bagels & fresh sliced fruit.  Coffee, Tea, Variety of Juices 

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