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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - House Democratic leader endorses binding citizen initiative and referendum

Dan Carden reports today for the NWI Times that:

House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, wants Hoosiers to take a more active role in deciding state policies.

He filed a constitutional amendment Wednesday to establish a binding citizen initiative and referendum process for proposing and enacting new laws or constitutional amendments, and enabling Hoosiers to reject statutes approved by the General Assembly.

The measure, HJR 1(2017) [to be available at this link shortly]:
permits a citizen-initiated law or constitutional amendment to go on the ballot for enactment, or a referendum be held on an existing law, if supporters gather petition signatures equal to 2 percent of the total votes cast in the most recent election for secretary of state.

That would be 26,700 signatures based on voter participation in the 2014 secretary of state contest.

If a majority of voters support the initiative or referendum at the next election, the proposal would take effect five days after the results are certified.

ILB: Some might say, be careful what you wish for ...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 5, 2017 11:07 AM
Posted to Indiana Government