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Proposed House Joint Resolution No. 15

 

January Session, 2013

 

LCO No. 862

   

Referred to Committee on GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

 

Introduced by:

 

REP. RUTIGLIANO, 123rd Dist.

 

RESOLUTION PROPOSING A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR DIRECT REFERENDUM.

Resolved by this Assembly:

That the third and eleventh articles of the state Constitution be amended to grant to the electors of this state, independent of the General Assembly, the power to approve or reject at an election any statute or any part thereof; that a referendum measure 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; that special acts, laws necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety, laws requiring elections, laws providing for tax levies or appropriations for usual current expenses of the state and laws submitted to a referendum within the two preceding calendar years shall not be subject to a referendum. No legislative action shall be taken with respect to any law submitted to the electorate until the third legislative session following such submittal.

Statement of Purpose:

To provide for direct public participation in the legislative process.