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Amendment

 

February Session, 2008

LCO No. 5557

   
 

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Offered by:

 

SEN. DEBICELLA, 21st Dist.

SEN. CALIGIURI, 16th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Joint Resolution No. 21

File No. 334

Cal. No. 475

In line 1, before "That", insert "Section 1. "

After line 29, insert the following:

"Sec. 501. That the following be proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the State, which, when approved and adopted in the manner provided by the Constitution, shall to all intents and purposes, become a part thereof:

Section 1. Section 1 of article third of the Constitution is amended to read as follows:

The legislative power of this state, except for the powers of initiative and referendum reserved by the people, shall be vested in two distinct houses or branches; the one to be styled the senate, the other the house of representatives, and both together the general assembly. The style of their laws shall be: Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened.

Section 2. Article eleventh of the Constitution is amended by adding sections 6 and 7 as follows:

(NEW) Sec. 6. An initiative measure may be proposed by presenting to the Secretary of the State a petition that sets forth the text of the proposed law and that is certified to have been signed by a number of electors equal to at least five per cent of those registered to vote in the preceding gubernatorial election. The initiative shall be voted on in the next general election after certifying the petition, and shall be valid if it receives a majority of "yes" votes with at least sixty per cent of the eligible voters casting ballots. No initiative measure may be introduced that (1) names an individual to hold any office, (2) names a private corporation to perform any function or to have any power, (3) creates or abolishes courts, prescribes their rules or alters their decisions, (4) proposes special legislation affecting municipalities, (5) increases spending without increasing taxes, or (6) was the subject of an initiative proposal within the three preceding calendar years. The General Assembly may amend an initiative passed by the public, but only after three years after its implementation date.

(NEW) Sec. 7. A referendum measure may be proposed by presenting to the Secretary of the State a petition that sets forth the law or part thereof to be submitted to the electors for approval or rejection and that is certified to have been signed by a number of electors equal to at least five per cent of those registered to vote in the preceding gubernatorial election. The referendum shall be voted on in the next general election after certifying the petition, and shall be valid if it receives a majority of "yes" votes with at least sixty per cent of the eligible voters casting ballots. No referendum shall be allowed that (1) changes laws necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, (2) changes health or safety standards, (3) changes laws requiring elections, (4) names a private corporation to perform any function or to have any power, (5) creates or abolishes courts, prescribes their rules or alters their decisions, (6) proposes special legislation affecting municipalities, (7) increases spending without increasing taxes, or (8) was the subject of a referendum in the three preceding calendar years. The General Assembly may amend a referendum passed by the public, but only after three years after its implementation date.

RESOLVED: That the foregoing proposed amendment to the Constitution be continued to the next session of the General Assembly elected at the general election to be held on November 4, 2008, and published with the laws passed at the present session, or be presented to the electors at the general election to be held on November 4, 2008, whichever the case may be, according to article sixth of the amendments to the Constitution. The designation of said proposed amendment to be used on the voting machine ballot labels and absentee ballots at such election shall be "Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to grant the powers of initiative and referendum to the people of Connecticut?""