The Pennsylvania State House and The Pennsylvania State Senate
Allow Popular Initiative and Referendum in PA
Create a streamlined process for Pennsylvanians to easily obtain popular initiatives to put on the referendum. Many states' citizens have the benefit of getting to vote on referenda based on popular initiative, yet Pennsylvania has yet to adopt a streamlined process to allow its citizens to do the same. To make matters worse, the PA legislature rarely puts its own proposals on the referendum when they cannot conclusively agree on issues.
Why is this important?
Referenda give the legislature the true opinion of the voting public on issues, and initiative is no more subject to abuse by special interest groups than the legislative process. Referenda give a voice to anyone who is registered to vote, and have worked very well in states that use them.
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