New Jersey Initiative and Referendum on Fiscal Policy Amendment (2014)

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The New Jersey Initiative and Referendum on Fiscal Policy Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have allowed for initiative and referendums to "direct the fiscal policy and decisions of the State by enacting and repealing laws governing certain forms of State spending, appropriations, and taxation as well as the issuance of long-term public debt by approving the same at the polls in a general election." The measure would have amended Article I, paragraph 2 and Article II of the New Jersey Constitution.[1][2] The measure was introduced in identical form in the Assembly and the Senate. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 36 was being primarily sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, Jr. (R-25), Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-24) and Assemblyman Parker Space (R-24).[3] The identical Senate version, Senate Concurrent Resolution 54, was primarily sponsored by Sen. Christopher Connors (R-9).[4]

Text of measure

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If the measure had been approved and appeared on the ballot in its introduced form, it would have read as follows:

NJ2014 ACR 36 SCR 54 as introduced.PNG[5]

Constitutional changes

The measure would amend Article I, paragraph 2 and add a new section to Article II of the New Jersey Constitution.


Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

In New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments have two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature can either qualify it with supermajority approval of 60% in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions.

ACR 36 was introduced on January 16, 2014, and referred to the Judiciary Committee.[6] SCR 54 was introduced on January 30, 2014, and referred to the State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.[7]

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