Referendum: When Legislatures Make Bad Laws
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The referendum is a direct democratic procedure through which proposed legislation is submitted to the electorate for approval. Referendum proposals may originate from the initiative process or from a legislature.
Three basic types of referendums exist:
There is no provision for the use of referendums for federal legislation.
Wisconsin was one of the first states to implement the referendum, but other states soon followed its example. In Ohio, the Reverend Herbert Bigelow of Cincinnati was instrumental in gaining passage of the referendum. Bigelow and his supporters ...
State Referendums - GovSpot.com Feature
... states use initiatives, referendums or both, according to the Initiative and Referendum Institute. Check the institute's map to see what your state offers. From the medicinal use of marijuana to school vouchers, the language of ballot ...
NCSLnet: Initiative Referendum and Recall
A third form of referendum, the advisory referendum, is rarely used. In this form of the process, the Legislature, and in some states the governor, may place a question on the ballot to gauge voter opinion. The results of the election on this ...