The Michigan Constitution Podcast

Tony Snyder is a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan who offers a bi-monthly podcast on the Michigan Constitution. Here you will learn about each Article and its respective Sections, what they mean, and case law that has addressed how those provision are implemented in the day-to-day lives of citizens of Michigan.


episode 19: Military Power Subordinate to Civil Power

The Michigan Constitution Article 1, Section 7 states:

“Military power subordinate to civil power: The military shall in all cases and at all times be in strict subordination to the civil power.”

What this means, practically, is that during times of peace, the Michigan National Guard is subordinate to the laws of the State of Michigan. We have only one case which has ever addressed this constitutional provision.


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