Kentucky, USA, regional Obligatory referendum [LOR] - Public vote

General Typology

Instrument
Obligatory referendum [LOR]
Location
Kentucky, USA
Political level
regional
Local Name:
Public vote
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
yes
Legally Defined:

Kentucky Constitution, Section 50
No act of the General Assembly shall authorize any debt to be contracted on behalf of the Commonwealth except for the purposes mentioned in Section 49, unless provision be made therein to levy and collect an annual tax sufficient to pay the interest stipulated, and to discharge the debt within thirty years; nor shall such act take effect until it shall have been submitted to the people at a general election, and shall have received a majority of all the votes cast for and against it: Provided, The General Assembly may contract debts by borrowing money to pay any part of the debt of the State, without submission to the people, and without making provision in the act authorizing the same for a tax to discharge the debt so contracted, or the interest thereon.

Source: Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky of 1891 (current through 2004 general election)

Subject Matter:

Referring laws concerning state debts to the electorate

Actors

Author:
Authoriy : General Assembly (legislature)
Initiator:
Law : Constitution
Decision maker:
Electorate

Requirements

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

Debts that do not accumulate to more than $500,000, debts contracted to "repel invasion, suppress insurrection, or, if hostilities are threatened, provide for the public defense" and debts contracted by "borrowing money to pay any part of the debt of the State" need not be put to a popular vote.

Source: Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky of 1891, Sections 49 and 50 (current through 2004 general election)

Other Formal Requirements:

Laws creating debts must make provisions for "an annual tax sufficient to pay the interest stipulated, and to discharge the debt within thirty years [...]"

Source: Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky of 1891, Section 50 (current through 2004 general election)

Procedural Elements

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