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Illinois activist proposes "Putback Amendment"

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November 25, 2009


SPRINGFIELD, Illinois: Illinois activist, John Bambenek, has proposed the "Putback Amendment," an initiated constitutional amendment to the Illinois Constitution.[1] The amendment proposes to create a unicameral legislature, impose a term limit of four terms, allow only "texted bills" to the legislature floor and create a mandatory 7 day period between when a final bill is finalized and voted upon to allow for the public to review the document. In order to place the measure on the November 2010 statewide ballot Bambenek must collect a minimum of 500,000 valid signatures by May 2010. If placed on the ballot the amendment would require either "50.1% of all the voters or 60% of those that vote on the amendment."[2] According to amendment supporters the measure was proposed in order to increase transparency and because "it is clear that the Illinois General Assembly is broken."[1]

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* Illinois Legislature Reform Amendment, 2010