INITIATIVE MEASURE NO. 8
SPONSOR: Ronnie Combs, 1213 Bienville Boulevard, Ocean Springs, MS 39564; 601-872-7025
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 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).