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Wisconsin Governor candidate supports initiative and referendum

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January 5, 2010

WAUKESHA, Wisconsin: Former U.S. Congressman and Governor of Wisconsin candidate Mark Neumann said he supports initative and referendum for Wisconsin citizens as part of a government reform package he announced yesterday in Waukesha[1].

According to a campaign press release, the iniative plan the Neumann Campaign is calling for involves allowing citizens of Wisconsin to petition for ballot questions to be put on the statewide ballot. Despite no exact signature requirement was announced, the Neumann campaign said: "a percentage of supporting petition signatures from eligible citizens will be collected in a proportionate amount from every county" in order to qualify a measure on the statewide ballot if the plan becomes law[1].

Under current Wisconsin law, a request for a ballot measure on the statewide ballot must be done through a legislative resolution in which both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature must approve the resolution for two consecutive legislative sessions. Local ballot measures can be enacted through a direct legislation petition. The last time a statewide ballot measure happened in Wisconsin was in 2006 when two ballot questions on same sex marriage and the death penalty were presented to the voters[1].

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