INITIATIVE MEASURE NO. 8
SPONSOR: Ronnie Combs, 1213 Bienville Boulevard, Ocean Springs, MS 39564;
SUBJECT MATTER: Board of Denturity
BALLOT TITLE: Shall persons other than dentists be licensed by a board of
denturity to fit and make dentures for the public?
BALLOT SUMMARY: This initiative would: amend the Constitution to allow
persons other than licensed dentists to examine patients, and fit, make and sell
dentures directly to the public; create a board of denturity, consisting of five
members appointed by the governor, which would regulate the practice of
denturity, issue licenses, determine qualifications of applicants for licensure
and make and enforce rules; and would mandate a ninety day, 100% money back
warranty on dentures furnished by denturists
ORIGINAL FILING: October 4, 1996
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).