Repeal of Art. 4, Sec. 48, Miss. Const.
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Subject Matter:
Repeal of Art. 4, Sec. 48, Miss. Const.  (See Comments)

Original Filing:
TO REPEAL ARTICLE 4, § 48 of the Constitution of the State of Mississippi

Proposed Ballot Title:
Should Article 4, Section 48 of the Mississippi Constitution granting State legislators limited immunity from arrest be repealed?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
Initiative No. 59 proposes to repeal Article 4, Section 48 of the Mississippi Constitution which states: Senators and Representatives shall, in all cases, except treason, felony, theft, or breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during the session of the Legislature, and for fifteen days before the commencement and after the termination of each session.

Initiative Petition:
N/A

Sponsor:
Chadwick L. Shook
Address:
P.O. Box 2015
Hattiesburg, MS 39403


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 beginning from the date the ballot title and ballot summary are finally established. 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 86,183 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 17,237 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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