Bill Text - CACR3 (2011)

Relating to initiative petitions. Providing that referenda to enact laws may be initiated by petition.


Revision: Jan. 4, 2011, midnight

CACR 3 – AS INTRODUCED

2011 SESSION

11-0274

06/03

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 3

RELATING TO: initiative petitions.

PROVIDING THAT: referenda to enact laws may be initiated by petition.

SPONSORS: Rep. Bergevin, Hills 17; Rep. K. Souza, Hills 11; Rep. Infantine, Hills 13; Rep. Greazzo, Hills 17; Rep. C. Soucy, Hills 17

COMMITTEE: Election Law

ANALYSIS

This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution permits citizens to initiate by petition ballot questions to enact laws.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

11-0274

06/03

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eleven

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

RELATING TO: initiative petitions.

PROVIDING THAT: referenda to enact laws may be initiated by petition.

Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, that the

Constitution of New Hampshire be amended as follows:

I. That part second of the constitution be amended by inserting after article 1 the following new article:

[Art.] 1-a. [Initiative Petitions.] Citizens seeking to enact a statute by direct initiative shall file petitions with the secretary of state. If the secretary of state receives petitions and verifies signatures on them signed by at least 5 percent of the registered voters in each precinct in the state, he shall submit the proposal to the voters by written ballot at the next biennial election. If a proposal to enact a statute is approved by a majority of those voting on the matter, it shall be effective when its adoption is proclaimed by the governor, or according to its terms, whichever is later.

II. That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2012.

III. That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards, and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2012 election an article to the following effect: To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2011 session of the general court shall be approved.

IV. That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:

“Are you in favor of amending the second part of the constitution by inserting after article 1 a new article to read as follows:

[Art.] 1-a. [Initiative Petitions.] Citizens seeking to enact a statute by direct initiative shall file petitions with the secretary of state. If the secretary of state receives petitions and verifies signatures on them signed by at least 5 percent of the registered voters in each precinct in the state, he shall submit the proposal to the voters by written ballot at the next biennial election. If a proposal to enact a statute is approved by a majority of those voting on the matter, it shall be effective when its adoption is proclaimed by the governor, or according to its terms, whichever is later.”

V. That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions. The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.” If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question. The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2011 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.

VI. That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption.

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