Elections | Initiatives


SPONSOR: Eddie Briggs, P.O. Box 1018, Jackson, MS 39215

SUBJECT MATTER: Reduce size of Legislature

BALLOT TITLE: Shall the size of the Mississippi Legislature be reduced to a maximum of thirty senators and sixty representatives?

BALLOT SUMMARY: Section 254 of the Mississippi Constitution now provides that the Mississippi Senate shall consist of not more than 52 senators and that the Mississippi House of Representatives shall consist of not more than 122 representatives. This measure would amend Section 254 to reduce the maximum size of the Legislature to not more than 30 senators and 60 representatives.

ORIGINAL FILING: August 17, 1993

STATUS: Expired.

Initiative Information

The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office. Initiative petitions are valid for one year. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative petition to be sufficient a minimum of 91,673 certified signatures must be gathered; with at least 18,355 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts. The number of signatures required represents 12% of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. All signatures on the petition must be certified by county Circuit Clerks as those of registered Mississippi voters.

For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273; and Miss. Code Ann., Sections 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).