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2017 House Joint Resolution S: Limit referendum on appropriations ban
Introduced by Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D) on July 12, 2017
To place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to revise the current prohibition on citizen referendums challenging bills that contain an appropriation. The measure would establish that the ban only applies to bills that substantially fund one or more state departments, or which are needed to close current state budget shortfalls. A 2001 Supreme Court ruling interpreted the provision to prohibit referendums on any bill containing an appropriation. In several instances since then, the legislature has deliberately added modest appropriations to controversial bills which, without the appropriation, would likely have been challenged by a referendum.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on July 12, 2017