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ARTICLE XVI.
THE REFERENDUM.
SEC. 1 (a). The people reserve to themselves power known,
as The Referendum, by petition to have submitted to the regis-
tered voters of the State, to approve or reject at the polls, any
Act, or part of any Act of the General Assembly, if approved
by the Governor, or, if passed by the General Assembly over-
the veto of the Governor;
(b) The provisions of this Article shall be self-executing;
provided that additional legislation in furtherance thereof and,
not in conflict therewith may be enacted.
SEC. 2. No law enacted by the General Assembly shall take-
effect until the first day of June next after the session at which
it may be passed, unless it contain a Section declaring such,
law an emergency law and necessary for the immediate preser-
vation of the public health or safety, and passed upon a yea,
and nay vote supported by three-fifths of all the membera
elected to each of the two Houses of the General Assembly;
provided, however, that said period of suspension may be ex-
tended as provided in Section 3 (b) hereof. , If before said
first day of June there shall have been filed with the Secre-
tary of the State a petition to refer to a vote of the people-
any law or part of a law capable of referendum, as in this
Article provided, the same shall be referred by the Secretary
of State to such vote, and shall not become a law or take effect
until thirty days after its approval by a majority of the electors
voting thereon at the next ensuing election held throughout
the State for members of the House of Representative of the-
United States. An emergency law shall remain in force not-
withstanding such petition, but shall stand repealed thirty days
after having been rejected by a majority of the qualified elec-
tors voting thereon; provided, however, that no measure creating
or abolishing any office, or changing the salary, term or duty
of any officer, or granting any franchise or special privilege, or
creating any vested right or interest, shall be enacted as an
emergency law. No law making any appropriation for main-
taining the State Government, or for maintaning or aiding any
public institution, not exceeding the next previous appropria-
tion for the same purpose, shall be subject to rejection or repeal
under this Section. The increase in any such appropriation
for maintaining or aiding any public institution shall only take
effect as in the case of other laws, and such increase or any
part thereof specified in the petition, may be referred to a vote
of the people upon petition.


 
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