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145th General Assembly
Senate Bill # 12

Primary Sponsor: McBride
CoSponsors: { NONE...}
Introduced on : 01/15/2009
Long Title:AN ACT PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE, RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY AND PROVIDING FOR INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM.
Synopsis:This Act provides for Initiative and Referendum. There are two forms of Initiative: direct and indirect. In the direct Initiative procedure, when there is a sufficient number of signatures on the petition, the initiated proposal is automatically assigned space on the ballot for the next forthcoming election. In the indirect Initiative procedure, the proposal is first placed before the General Assembly for study and possible amendment. However, inaction or disapproval by the General Assembly does not prevent the placing of the proposal on the ballot for the public’s approval or rejection. This Act provides for an indirect Initiative.

Under this Act, the right of Referendum is confined to a 60-day period immediately following the enactment of legislation into law. Thus, except for emergency legislation, those Acts which presently become effective upon signature would become effective 60 days after signature unless made subject to a referendum. Non-emergency legislation which is affected by a valid referendum petition remains suspended until the next immediate general election, when it is approved or rejected. Legislation subject to a referendum vote becomes effective at the same time as all other results of the general election.
Author: Senator McBride

Current Status: Senate Executive Committee   On   01/15/2009
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Fiscal Notes/Fee Impact:F/N (Complete)
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Actions History:
Jan 15, 2009 - Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate
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