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Section 1. Nonmunicipal corporations.
(1) Corporate charters shall be granted, modified, or dissolved only
pursuant to general law.
(2) The legislature shall provide protection and education for the
people against harmful and unfair practices by either foreign or
domestic corporations, individuals, or associations.
(3) The legislature shall pass no law retrospective in its
operations which imposes on the people a new liability in respect to
transactions or considerations already passed.
Section 2. Consumer counsel. The
legislature shall provide for an office of consumer counsel which
shall have the duty of representing consumer interests in hearings
before the public service commission or any other successor agency.
The legislature shall provide for the funding of the office of
consumer counsel by a special tax on the net income or gross
revenues of regulated companies.
Section 3. Repealed. Sec. 1, Const.
Amend. No. 16, 1986.
Section 4. Code of ethics. The
legislature shall provide a code of ethics prohibiting conflict
between public duty and private interest for members of the
legislature and all state and local officers and employees.
Section 5. Exemption laws. The
legislature shall enact liberal homestead and exemption laws.
Section 6. Perpetuities. No
perpetuities shall be allowed except for charitable purposes.
Section 7. Marriage. Only a marriage
between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a
marriage in this state.
History: En. Sec. 1, Const. Initiative No. 96, approved Nov. 2,