INITIATIVE MEASURE NO. 2
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
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
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).