Rhode Island Initiative and Referendum Amendment (2014)
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will not appear on a ballot
Voters would have been able to launch initiated constitutional amendments and initiated state statutes, and such initiatives would have been put forward for approval or disapproval at general elections.
There would have been a number of limitations on what ballot initiatives could address:
- Initiatives would not be permitted to abridge the civil rights or liberties included in Article I of the Rhode Island Constitution.
- Initiated constitutional amendments would not be permitted to appropriate or diminish state revenue.
- Initiated state statutes would not be permitted to appropriate revenue without also enacting a commensurate increase in revenues or decrease in other revenue appropriations. However, this would not apply to an initiative seeking to appropriate less than $500,000.
- Sen. Marc Cote (D-24)
- Sen. Roger Picard (D-20)
- Sen. David Bates (R-32)
- Sen. Christopher Ottiano (R-11)
- Sen. Nicholas Kettle (R-21)
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Rhode Island Constitution
In Rhode Island, a simple majority vote was required in both chambers of the legislature in order to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot.
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