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An Assessment of New Jersey's Proposed Limited Initiative Process

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Publication Date: December 2000

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Author(s): Craig B. Holman

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: Campaign Finance Reform; Democracy

Type: Report

Coverage: New Jersey

Abstract:

In the 2001-2002 legislative session, the New Jersey legislature considered two bills calling for a "limited initiative" process for the state of New Jersey-Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 8 and Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 82 ( "SCR 8" and "ACR 82"). In this report, the Brennan Center for Justice analyzes these two bills by placing them in the context of initiative processes adopted in other states. We begin with a brief history of the initiative and referendum process in the United States, move on to a state-by-state comparison of the nation's various initiative features, discuss the critical issues concerning the initiative process in general, and finally address how SCR 8 and ACR 82 deal with these critical issues.