A constitution, in essence, is a `social contractí of the people,
an agreement of substantially all the people to live under certain basic rules,
and to leave the unsettled . . . details for working out in the future.
CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION RECORD, p. 3308
. . . a constitutional convention is the highest authority in the state
because it derives its power directly from the people.
. . . government officials only receive their power from the Constitution.
Delegate James K. Pollock, THE DETROIT NEWS, April 3, 1962
. . . Michiganís Constitution has more faults than originally suspected.
. . . the Constitution is more than 100 years old. The 1907 convention made few changes in the work of the convention of 1850.
Frequent amendments in the last 53 years have changed it considerably.
They also have tended to destroy the basic unity of thought and purpose.
. . . each section of the present document must be re-enacted by the Convention
if it is to be in the new Constitution, whether a change is made or not.
This guarantees that every word will come under scrutiny by the whole
Convention. Every delegate will have a chance to offer floor amendments.
It also means full debate on every section . . .
Committees have heard from hundreds of experts - political scientists,
economists, businessmen, labor leaders, politicians, state employes.
Key to the convention's ultimate success, nearly everyone agrees, is the article
on legislative apportionment. We can't decide what we want in the Constitution
until we know what kind of a Legislature we are going to have.
DETROIT FREE PRESS, November 1961
RALPH A. LIBERATO, a county union official, believes that a sensitive issue
confronting the convention will be the question of reapportionment. He pointed out
that `there are 34 senatorial districts with 12 Democrats representing more people
than the remaining 22 Republicans.' `The Senatorial Boundaries are not truly
representative of the people of Michigan,' he said. `Representation should
be by population, not by area.