At LWVMD's 2019 Convention we adopted a study of the initiative process. The initiative process allows voters to place a piece of legislation or a constitutional amendment on the ballot usually through a petition process, thereby circumventing the legislature. The process is allowed in over 26 states. Maryland has a veto referendum, which means, the voters can veto legislation passed by the MD legislature, but voters cannot initiate legislation. The state study will look at the initiative process then the research will be presented to our membership who will eventually evaluate through the consensus process whether LWVMD will take up a position on the initiative process in Maryland.
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