The People’s Veto

Part 2 Article 45-a [The People’s Veto]

a. [Petition procedure; petition for people’s veto.] Upon written petition of not less than 3,000 voters, and addressed to the Governor and filed in the office of the Secretary of State no later than 5 pm on the first Tuesday of October, requesting that one or more bills, or part or parts thereof, passed by the Legislature in the most recent annual Legislative Session, be referred to the people, such legislation specified in a petition shall not take effect until 30 days after the Secretary of State shall have announced by public proclamation that the same has been ratified by a majority of the electors voting thereon at a state election.

b. [Effect of referendum.] The effect of any bill specified in such petition shall be suspended upon the filing of such petition. If it is later determined that a petition was invalid, such legislation shall then take effect upon the day following this determination.

c. [Referral to electors; proclamation by Secretary of State.] Within three weeks after receiving a petition, the Secretary of State shall publish a list of petitions and indicate whether or not the petition was successful. Any voter having signed a petition that is invalidated can request a detailed report from the Secretary of State, and challenge the decision to the Ballot Law Commission. For any petition which is validated to have been successful, the Secretary of State shall order such measure to be submitted to the people at the next state election.