Georgia, USA, regional Obligatory referendum [LOR] - Proposal to amend the constitution

General Typology

Instrument
Obligatory referendum [LOR]
Location
Georgia, USA
Political level
regional
Local Name:
Proposal to amend the constitution
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
yes
Legally Defined:

Constitution of the State of Georgia 1983
Article X, Section 1

Paragraph I. Proposals to amend the Constitution; new Constitution. Amendments to this Constitution or a new Constitution may be proposed by the General Assembly or by a constitutional convention, as provided in this article. Only amendments which are of general and uniform applicability throughout the state shall be proposed, passed, or submitted to the people.

Paragraph II. Proposals by the General Assembly; submission to the people. A proposal by the General Assembly to amend this Constitution or to provide for a new Constitution shall originate as a resolution in either the Senate or the House of Representatives and, if approved by two-thirds of the members to which each house is entitled in a roll-call vote entered on their respective journals, shall be submitted to the electors of the entire state at the next general election which is held in the even-numbered years. [...]

Source: Constitution of the State of Georgia (current as of 12 June 2017)

Subject Matter:

Amending the state constitution via obligatory referendum

Actors

Author:
Authority : amendment must pass by a 2/3 majority of both houses of legislature or be proposed by a constitutional convention
Initiator:
Law : Constitution
Decision maker:
Electorate

Requirements

Available Time:
Turnout Quorum:
Legal source does not mention turnout quorum
Approval Quorum:
Legal source does not mention specific approval quorum
Geographical Quorum:
Legal source does not mention geographical quorum
Excluded Issues:

Constitution of the State of Georgia 1983
Article X, Section 1, Paragraph 1
[...] Only amendments which are of general and uniform applicability throughout the state shall be proposed, passed, or submitted to the people.

Source: Constitution of the State of Georgia 1983 (current as of 12 June 2017)

Other Formal Requirements:

Constitution of the State of Georgia 1983
Article X, Section 1, Paragraph 4
[...] A proposal by the convention to amend this Constitution or for a new Constitution shall be advertised, submitted to, and ratified by the people in the same manner provided for advertisement, submission, and ratification of proposals to amend the Constitution by the General Assembly. [...]

Source: Constitution of the State of Georgia 1983 (current as of 12 June 2017)

Procedural Elements

Wording Of Ballot Question:

Constitution of the State of Georgia 1983
Article X, Section 1, Paragraph 2
[...] The language to be used in submitting a proposed amendment or a new Constitution shall be in such words as the General Assembly may provide in the resolution or, in the absence thereof, in such language as the Governor may prescribe. [...]

Source: Constitution of the State of Georgia 1983 (current as of 12 June 2017)

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Supervision And Support:

Constitution of the State of Georgia 1983
Article X, Section 1, Paragraph 2
[...] A summary of such proposal shall be prepared by the Attorney General, the Legislative Counsel, and the Secretary of State and shall be published in the official organ of each county and, if deemed advisable by the "Constitutional Amendments Publication Board," in not more than 20 other newspapers in the state designated by such board which meet the qualifications for being selected as the official organ of a county. Said board shall be composed of the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Such summary shall be published once each week for three consecutive weeks immediately preceding the day of the general election [...]

Source: Constitution of the State of Georgia 1983 (current as of 12 June 2017)

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