Veracruz, Mexico, regional Agenda (setting) initiative [PAX] - Iniciativa Popular

General Typology

Instrument
Agenda (setting) initiative [PAX]
Location
Veracruz, Mexico
Political level
regional
Local Name:
Iniciativa Popular
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
no
Legally Defined:

Article 15. The rights of citizens are:
I. To vote and be voted in State and municipal elections, and participate in the processes of plebiscite, referendum and popular initiative. Only citizens may vote who possess the elector certificate and are duly included in the corresponding nominal listing;

Article 17.
Participatory referendum, plebiscite and popular consultation procedures shall be regulated by law. At the state level, plebiscite and referendum procedures will be based on the legislative process and at the municipal level, the procedure will be based on the Town Hall procedure.
Members of Congress and the Governor of the State have the right of initiative in participatory referendum and plebiscite procedures, as well as the right to request popular consultations, in terms of this Constitution and the law.
The referendum shall be mandatory in the following cases:
(a) For the total reform or abrogation of the provisions of this Constitution; and (b) For other cases established by this Constitution and the law. The plebiscite shall be mandatory in the cases set forth in this Constitution and the law.

CONTROL OF LEGALITY IN ELECTORAL MATTERS.
Article 66. The electoral function in the State shall be governed by the following provisions:
SECTION A. The organization, conduct and monitoring of elections, plebiscites and referendums shall be carried out by a public body whose name shall be established by law and which shall exercise electoral authority in the State in accordance with the following bases: (..)
The system of means of challenge will give certainty and definitivity to the different stages of the state and municipal electoral processes, including those of municipal agents and sub-agents, as well as the processes of plebiscite, referendum and popular consultation.

References: CONSTITUCIÓN POLÍTICA DEL ESTADO DE VERACRUZ DE IGNACIO DE LA LLAVE.(2017) (accessed March 11, 2019)

CHAPTER III
Of the Citizens' Initiative
Article 12. The Citizens' Initiative shall always proceed:
I. The matters in question are in the competence of the State Congress; II. Its proposals are in accordance with the principles contained in the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States and that of the State; III. The presentation document must be signed by at least zero point thirteen percent of the citizens registered on the nominal list of voters of the State, corresponding to the most recent election of City Councils;
IV. For the purposes of the provision contained in the preceding section, a copy of the voter's credential for signature is accompanied;
V. The reasons for its formulation and the proposed text of the law, which must observe the basic principles of legislative technique, are set out; and
VI. The citizen who will act as common representative of the promoters is designated.

Article 13. The Citizens' Initiative, in addition to the requirements established in the previous article, shall:
I. To be presented in writing to the President of the Congress or, during breaks, to the President of the Permanent Deputation;
II. Contain the full names of the citizens, voter code or the identifier number on the back of the voter credential derived from the optical character recognition (OCR) of the voting credential with a valid photograph and signature;
III. Full name and address of the representative to hear and receive notices; and IV. All documentation must be fully identified, indicating at the top of each page the name of the proposed draft decree.
When the Initiative does not comply with the requirements indicated in sections III or IV, the President of the Congress or, as the case may be, the President of the Permanent Deputation shall warn the proposers to correct the errors or omissions within a term of fifteen working days from the notification. If it is not rectified within the established period, it shall be deemed not to have been presented.

Article 14. The Citizens' Initiative shall be subject to the ordinary legislative procedure provided for in the Constitution, the Organic Law of the Legislative Power and the Regulations for the Internal Government of the Legislative Power, except in the case that it proposes reforms, additions or repeals of local constitutional norms, in which case the provisions of Article 84 of the Constitution and its regulatory law shall apply.
The commission or commissions to which the Citizens' Initiative turns shall agree on the conduct to determine, within a period not exceeding thirty working days, the accreditation of the requirement provided for in section III of Article 12 of this Law. If the determination is in a positive sense, the procedure of study and opinion shall be followed, but if it is in the sense that the minimum percentage of citizen support referred to in the aforementioned fraction was not satisfied, an agreement of inappropriateness shall be issued, which shall be notified to the common representative, within three working days following its issuance.
In the legislative process of study and opinion, the president of the commission or of the commission that leads the turn, in the case of unified permanent commissions, must summon the representative designated by the citizens to attend a meeting of the commission or of the unified commissions, in order to expose the content of his proposal. The opinions expressed during the meeting to which the representative is summoned shall not be binding on the commission or commissions and shall only provide additional elements to prepare and issue its opinion.
The opinion procedure shall not be interrupted if the representative does not attend the meeting to which he has been formally summoned. The representative may attend other public meetings of the commission or commissions to learn about the development of the process of opinion and may use his voice until before the beginning of the deliberation and voting process within the commission or commissions.

Article 15. In the study of the Initiative, the permanent commission or commissions may include opinions on it issued by institutions, companies and other public and private bodies that, by their activity, are related to the matter in question. If the State Congress does not approve the opinion regarding the Citizens' Initiative, it may only be presented again after an ordinary period of sessions has elapsed.

References: LEY NÚMERO 76 DE REFERENDO, PLEBISCITO E INICIATIVA POPULAR DEL ESTADO DE VERACRUZ DE IGNACIO DE LA LLAVE, (2018) (accessed March 11, 2019)

Subject Matter:

To suggest matters within the competence of the State Congress

Actors

Author:
Citizens
Initiator:
Citizens
Decision maker:
Parliament

Requirements

Number Of Signatures:
0.13 % of electorate
Available Time:
No information found in legal source
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Excluded Issues:

The proposals must be consistent with the principles contained in the Political Constitution of the Mexican United States and of the State;

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Procedural Elements

Collection Mode:
free
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The English version here is a courtesy translation only. Only the original Spanish version is binding.