Mississippi Citizens Act
All Initiatives   
Sponsor:
Carlos Jackson
Address:
108 Addison Way
Canton, MS 39046

Phone: 310-774-9002

Subject Matter:
Mississippi Citizens Act  (See Comments)

Proposed Ballot Title:
Should the right to directly propose legislation, and file court complaints against law enforcement officers, be put into the Constitution?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
Initiative #40 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to allow citizens to introduce ideas directly to the Legislature without being sponsored by a legislator, would provide that persons may file complaints in court against law enforcement officers who may be fined and suspended for misconduct, and would provide that judges, prosecutors or attorneys who engage in certain unlawful or improper conduct may be fined, suspended from the practice of law, and disbarred.

Original Filing:
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Initiative Petition:
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Status:
Expired

Town Meeting Location:
N/A

Initiative Information:
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Initiative measures are valid for one year. During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 89,285 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 17,857 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00. For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).

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