Initiative and Referendum (I&R)   by Art Bedford - what it is and  why Texans need it
<ul><li>How many new laws do you think our Texas Legislature passes each session? </li></ul><ul><li>How many laws that wer...
SPECIAL INTERESTS TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Our Legislators At Work 2 NOTES : (1) A regular session of our TEXAS Legislature is  140 DAYS  long. (2) TOTAL BILLS PROPO...
Who writes or reads the bills?
I&R = Tool Constitution I&R Special Interests
I&R – Definitions <ul><li>Initiative  -  a proposal of a new law or constitutional amendment that is placed on the ballot ...
Freedom – not politics <ul><li>Citizens  can impose limitations on their state governments . </li></ul>4
California’s Proposition 13 <ul><li>Background: California homeowners had experienced  a decade of spiraling property taxe...
<ul><li>Citizens  can impose limitations on their state governments . </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens can propose legislation o...
7 <ul><li>Citizens  can impose limitations on their state governments . </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens get to vote on issues t...
8
Initiative Proposal Examples <ul><li>Right of women to vote </li></ul><ul><li>Voter approval of new tax increases </li></u...
I&R vs Special Interests SPECIAL INTEREST CONTROL
I&R = Issues we care about
I&R – What must be done? <ul><li>Texas House & Senate pass Joint Resolution to amend Constitution to grant us I&R rights. ...
I&R – What must be done? <ul><li>Texas House & Senate pass Joint Resolution to amend Constitution to grant us I&R rights. ...
I&R – Poll Question ““ In 24 states, citizens can sign a petition to put laws or constitutional amendments on the ballot t...
I&R – Poll Results 13 23 10 67 Female 14 17 69 Male Gender Undecided Oppose Favor DEMOGRAPHIC PERCENTAGES
I&R – Poll Results 14 29 14 57 65 + 14 10 76 40-49 16 14 71 50-64 19 16 65 30-39 31 0 69 18-29 Age Undecided Oppose Favor ...
I&R – Poll Results 15 22 12 66 Other 31 6 62 Black 17 14 69 White Race Undecided Oppose Favor DEMOGRAPHIC PERCENTAGES
I&R – Poll Results 16 22 12 66 Other 19 22 59 Democrat 23 7 70 Republican Political Affiliation Undecided Oppose Favor DEM...
I&R – Poll Results 17 45 0 55 Unsure 10 29 61 Liberal 24 13 63 Moderate 19 8 73 Conservative Ideology Undecided Oppose Fav...
I&R – Poll Results 18 20 11 68 $75K – $100K 10 24 66 >$100K 30 9 61 Unsure 13 9 78 $60K - $75K 27 3 70 $40K - $60K 15 25 6...
I&R – Poll Results 19 22 14 64 Unmarried Voters 18 13 69 Married Voters 19 13 68 Likely Voters Undecided Oppose Favor DEMO...
I&R – What must be done? <ul><li>Texas House & Senate pass Joint Resolution to amend Constitution to grant us I&R rights. ...
What we can do about it! <ul><li>Aggressively take action. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to our website: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
What we can do about it! <ul><li>Aggressively take action (Cont’d) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Donate your time and talents to g...
William Janklow Governor of South Dakota 1979-1987 &quot;The world is spattered with unrest: rebel forces, civil disobedie...
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WHY TEXANS NEED INITIATIVE & REFERENDUM

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This slide show educates the Texas voter on why Initiative & Referendum (I&R) rights are needed in the state of Texas. It explains how our state legislature is controlled by special interest groups and that I&R is the tool to diffuse their power and give Texans a voice in their government.

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WHY TEXANS NEED INITIATIVE & REFERENDUM

  1. 1. Initiative and Referendum (I&R) by Art Bedford - what it is and why Texans need it
  2. 2. <ul><li>How many new laws do you think our Texas Legislature passes each session? </li></ul><ul><li>How many laws that were passed last session did you really ask for? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have an issue you want to see state legislation on but nothing has been done? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know of any state law you believe should be repealed? </li></ul>Questions to Ponder
  3. 3. SPECIAL INTERESTS TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION
  4. 4. Our Legislators At Work 2 NOTES : (1) A regular session of our TEXAS Legislature is 140 DAYS long. (2) TOTAL BILLS PROPOSED/PASSED means NEW LAWS PROPOSED/PASSED. ? 1458 5619 2011 $230M 1601 5544 2001 $276M 1384 5592 2003 $304M 1389 5484 2005 $348M 1482 6190 2007 $344M 1459 7419 2009 LOBBYIST SPENDING TOTAL BILLS PASSED TOTAL BILLS PROPOSED YEAR
  5. 5. Who writes or reads the bills?
  6. 6. I&R = Tool Constitution I&R Special Interests
  7. 7. I&R – Definitions <ul><li>Initiative - a proposal of a new law or constitutional amendment that is placed on the ballot by petition, that is, by collecting signatures of a certain number of citizens. </li></ul><ul><li>Referendum - a proposal to repeal a law that was previously enacted by the legislature, and that is placed on the ballot by citizen petition. </li></ul>3
  8. 8. Freedom – not politics <ul><li>Citizens can impose limitations on their state governments . </li></ul>4
  9. 9. California’s Proposition 13 <ul><li>Background: California homeowners had experienced a decade of spiraling property taxes </li></ul><ul><li>The Initiative: A constitutional amendment to require two-thirds majority vote of the electorate for any local government entity to raise property taxes . </li></ul><ul><li>placed on the ballot by over one million registered voters </li></ul><ul><li>Approved by a two-to-one margin </li></ul>5
  10. 10. <ul><li>Citizens can impose limitations on their state governments . </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens can propose legislation on issues they care about. </li></ul>6 Freedom – not politics
  11. 11. 7 <ul><li>Citizens can impose limitations on their state governments . </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens get to vote on issues they care about </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens have a means to repeal harmful laws. </li></ul>Freedom – not politics
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  13. 13. Initiative Proposal Examples <ul><li>Right of women to vote </li></ul><ul><li>Voter approval of new tax increases </li></ul><ul><li>Prohibition of state-funded abortions </li></ul><ul><li>Legalized use of marijuana for medical purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Term limits on elected officials </li></ul><ul><li>Disclosure of campaign finances </li></ul><ul><li>abolishment of poll taxes </li></ul><ul><li>Right to assisted suicide </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage defined as between man & woman </li></ul>9
  14. 14. I&R vs Special Interests SPECIAL INTEREST CONTROL
  15. 15. I&R = Issues we care about
  16. 16. I&R – What must be done? <ul><li>Texas House & Senate pass Joint Resolution to amend Constitution to grant us I&R rights. </li></ul>10
  17. 17. I&R – What must be done? <ul><li>Texas House & Senate pass Joint Resolution to amend Constitution to grant us I&R rights. </li></ul><ul><li>Voters must vote for I&R rights when it appears as a Proposition on the ballot. </li></ul>11
  18. 18. I&R – Poll Question ““ In 24 states, citizens can sign a petition to put laws or constitutional amendments on the ballot to be decided by the voters at a statewide election. This process is known as initiative and referendum. Would you favor or oppose the initiative and referendum process in your state?” Favor_____ Oppose____ Undecided____ Pulse Opinion Research random survey of 500 adult Texans, July 2010 12
  19. 19. I&R – Poll Results 13 23 10 67 Female 14 17 69 Male Gender Undecided Oppose Favor DEMOGRAPHIC PERCENTAGES
  20. 20. I&R – Poll Results 14 29 14 57 65 + 14 10 76 40-49 16 14 71 50-64 19 16 65 30-39 31 0 69 18-29 Age Undecided Oppose Favor DEMOGRAPHIC PERCENTAGES
  21. 21. I&R – Poll Results 15 22 12 66 Other 31 6 62 Black 17 14 69 White Race Undecided Oppose Favor DEMOGRAPHIC PERCENTAGES
  22. 22. I&R – Poll Results 16 22 12 66 Other 19 22 59 Democrat 23 7 70 Republican Political Affiliation Undecided Oppose Favor DEMOGRAPHIC PERCENTAGES
  23. 23. I&R – Poll Results 17 45 0 55 Unsure 10 29 61 Liberal 24 13 63 Moderate 19 8 73 Conservative Ideology Undecided Oppose Favor DEMOGRAPHIC PERCENTAGES
  24. 24. I&R – Poll Results 18 20 11 68 $75K – $100K 10 24 66 >$100K 30 9 61 Unsure 13 9 78 $60K - $75K 27 3 70 $40K - $60K 15 25 60 $20K - $40K 24 3 72 <$20K Income Undecided Oppose Favor DEMOGRAPHIC PERCENTAGES
  25. 25. I&R – Poll Results 19 22 14 64 Unmarried Voters 18 13 69 Married Voters 19 13 68 Likely Voters Undecided Oppose Favor DEMOGRAPHIC PERCENTAGES
  26. 26. I&R – What must be done? <ul><li>Texas House & Senate pass Joint Resolution to amend Constitution to grant us I&R rights. </li></ul><ul><li>Voters must vote for I&R rights when it appears as a Proposition on the ballot. </li></ul><ul><li>Must counter Special Interest Group media attacks during both events </li></ul>20
  27. 27. What we can do about it! <ul><li>Aggressively take action. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to our website: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.initiativefortexas.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get a FREE account on: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.grasshop.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click on “Groups” and find “Texans for Initiative & Referendum Rights” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click on “Join Now” </li></ul></ul></ul>21
  28. 28. What we can do about it! <ul><li>Aggressively take action (Cont’d) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Donate your time and talents to get I&R for Texas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invite a Texans for I&R spokesperson to speak to your organization. Email: acbedfo@hotmail.com </li></ul></ul>22
  29. 29. William Janklow Governor of South Dakota 1979-1987 &quot;The world is spattered with unrest: rebel forces, civil disobedience, war, civil war, tyranny, and genocide. Any place average citizens have no voice or are losing ground in the fight to control their own lives is one place too many. If we believe in liberty, if we believe in the dignity of the human spirit, if we believe in justice for all, then citizen lawmaking is as essential to the future as it was to the past. This process is terribly important to the well being of this country. It must accompany us into the new century. By reviewing and honing the process, and most importantly by understanding and using these tools of democracy, we can preserve and even expand every citizen’s right to have a voice in the government.&quot;

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