Lawmakers could make Rhode Island 27th initiative and referendum state

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March 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: On March 9, 2011, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee reviewed a bill that would give residents in the state the right of initiative and referendum. This would allow residents to place measures on the ballot by petition for voters to decide. Once enough signatures are gathered on petitions, the law is usually stayed, or stopped from going into effect, until the voters have decided the question.[1]

Initiative and referendum rights are written into the state constitutions of several U.S. states. If the measure is enacted by the Rhode Island Legislature, the state would become the 27th initiative and referendum state in the country.

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