New York Initiative and Referendum Amendment (2013)

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The New York Initiative and Referendum Amendment did not make the November 5, 2013 general election ballot in the state of New York as an initiated constitutional amendment. The proposed amendment would have allowed for voters to enact and amend laws through initiative and referendum.[1]


The measure was sponsored and supported by Senator Joseph Robach. "This proposal to establish a process of initiative and referendum in New York State is simply good government. It is the type of reform that my Senate colleagues and I have consistently fought for and will continue to support so that voters statewide can be given a more direct and effective voice with which to further New York’s democratic process," he said.[2]

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said, "In order to truly change and improve the way government does business, we must enable the public to have a more active role in the process."[2]

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See also: Amending the New York Constitution

According to the New York Constitution, a majority vote is required in two successive sessions of the New York State Legislature in order to qualify a measure for the statewide ballot.

The measure was not passed by the legislature in a successive session.

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