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Initiative

A process of a participatory democracy that empowers the people to propose legislation and to enact or reject the laws at the polls independent of the lawmaking power of the governing body.

The purpose of an initiative, which is a type of election commenced and carried out by the people, is to permit the electorate to resolve questions where their elected representatives fail to do so or refuse to proceed with a change that the public desires.

See: initial, original, overture, preparatory, rudimentary

INITIATIVE, French law. The name given to the important prerogative given by the charte constitutionelle, art. 16, to the late king to propose through his ministers projects of laws. 1 Toull. n. 39. See Veto.

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Much of this constitutional and statutory structure has been brought about not by legislative fact-gathering and deliberation, but rather by the approval of voter initiative measures, often funded by special interests.
Chris Shannon, Door to Hope's executive director since 2000, has creatively engineered the agency's expansion using opportunities afforded by three voter initiatives.
In about a quarter of the states, voter initiative could formulate a proposition and take it directly to the voters, thus completely bypassing the legislatures, many of which were in bad repute.
In fact, only six states west of the Mississippi do not have some form of voter initiative.
2 million Americans have contacted the FDA requesting mandatory labeling of GMO foods, and more than a dozen states have taken up GMO labeling bills, including a voter initiative in California that puts mandatory GMO labeling on this November's ballot.
Proposition 47, a voter initiative for this week's mid-term elections easily passed with 58.
Much of this constitutional and statutory structure has been brought about not by legislative fact-gathering and deliberation," George said, "but rather by the approval of voter initiative measures, often funded by special interests.
And a voter initiative is being considered that would, if adopted, seek to provide more structure for the state's system.
Idaho became the first Legislature in the country to overturn term limits when the House and Senate voted 5020 and 27-8 to repeal the limits passed by voter initiative in 1994.
July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Under voter initiative I-502, Washington has licensed its first marijuana stores providing the drug to recreational users.
State police used to get funding from the state's gas tax revenue, but that ended with a 1980 voter initiative.