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An '''indirect initiative amendment''' is when [[constitutional amendment]]s proposed by citizens through [[initiative]] do not go immediately to the [[ballot]] after a successful [[petition drive]] to collect sufficient [[valid signature]]s to qualify the measure.
 
An '''indirect initiative amendment''' is when [[constitutional amendment]]s proposed by citizens through [[initiative]] do not go immediately to the [[ballot]] after a successful [[petition drive]] to collect sufficient [[valid signature]]s to qualify the measure.
  
Rather, once the signatures are collected, the amendment that the citizens are proposing must first be submitted to the state legislature for consideration.  If the state legislature agrees to adopt the law, then it does not go to the ballot.<ref>[http://www.iandrinstitute.org/Quick%20Fact%20-%20What%20is%20I&R.htm ''What is I&R?'', Initiative and Referendum Institute]</ref>
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Rather, once the signatures are collected, the amendment that the citizens are proposing must first be submitted to the state legislature for consideration.  Only after the state legislature has considered and possibly also taken a limited range of options open to it that may affect the amendment does it go on the statewide ballot for consideration by the voters.<ref>[http://www.iandrinstitute.org/Quick%20Fact%20-%20What%20is%20I&R.htm ''What is I&R?'', Initiative and Referendum Institute]</ref>
  
At present, there is only one state that makes use of the indirect initiative amendment process:  [[Massachusetts Initiative and Referendum Law|Massachusetts]].  
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At present, there are only two states that make use of the indirect initiative amendment process:  [[Massachusetts Initiative and Referendum Law|Massachusetts]] and [[Mississippi Initiative and Referendum Law|Mississippi]].
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 08:40, 13 January 2008

An indirect initiative amendment is when constitutional amendments proposed by citizens through initiative do not go immediately to the ballot after a successful petition drive to collect sufficient valid signatures to qualify the measure.

Rather, once the signatures are collected, the amendment that the citizens are proposing must first be submitted to the state legislature for consideration. Only after the state legislature has considered and possibly also taken a limited range of options open to it that may affect the amendment does it go on the statewide ballot for consideration by the voters.[1]

At present, there are only two states that make use of the indirect initiative amendment process: Massachusetts and Mississippi.

See also

References

  1. What is I&R?, Initiative and Referendum Institute