Reduce size of Legislature
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Subject Matter:
Reduce size of Legislature  (See Comments)

Original Filing:

Proposed Ballot Title:
Shall the size of the Mississippi Legislature be reduced to a maximum of thirty senators and sixty representatives?

Proposed 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.

Initiative Petition:

Eddie Briggs
PO Box 1018
Jackson MS 39215-1018


Town Meeting Location:

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. 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 106,190 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 21,238 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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