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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: September 25, 2018 05:28 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Constitutional Amendment for Direct Ballot Initiative
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to provide for a direct ballot initiative in Pennsylvania.

Today, 29 states have some form ballot initiative process, and of that number 21 states provide for direct statutory initiatives. Proponents of this process point to the advantages of direct democracy. They claim that elected representatives can, at times, become consumed with their power and take actions that represent their own self-interest and not the interest of the people. Initiatives can be used to make the will of the people law on issues that elected officials are unwilling to address.

While I have previously reintroduced a Joint Resolution that would provide for an indirect initiative and referendum process, this measure while similar, will allow voters to have the ultimate say at the ballot box. Statutes could not be proposed unless a submitted petition is signed by registered electors equal to a number of not less than 5% of the votes cast for Governor, in not less than 45 counties.

I believe that giving more power to the people to impact changes or needs is a good thing—and long overdue.

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor.

Introduced as SB1267