Zurich, Switzerland, regional Authorities minority veto-plebiscite [MVP] - Kantonsratsreferendum

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Authorities minority veto-plebiscite [MVP]
Zürich, Switzerland
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Article 33
Optional referendum
The people are subjected on request to the vote on:
a. the adoption, the amendment or repeal of laws;
b. intercantonal and international treaties, whose Inhalt has the status of law;
c. decisions of the Cantonal Parliament, which are under the Referendum Act;
d. decisions of the cantonal Parliament of:
1. new one-time expenses of more than 6 million Swiss francs,
2. new recurrent expenditure of annually more than 600 000 francs;
e. Council of of Canton of decisions of fundamental importance, which have a long-term impact on the general foundations of life;
f. basic intentions underlying the consultation of the canton on templates of the Federal Government, which are of fundamental importance, have a long-term impact on the general foundations of life and are at the federal level not subject to a referendum.

A referendum may request:
c. 45 members of the Cantonal Council (Cantonal Parliament referendum).
The referendum must be required in written form within 60 days after the official publication of the Cantonal Council decision. The Cantonal Council referendum period will be 14 days from the decision of the Council.
The communities determine which institution can request the community referendum. The city of Zurich and the city of Winterthur can request the referendum alone only based on the decision of their Parliament.

References: Constitution of the Canton Zurich, 2005 (2018) (Accessed 18.11.2019)

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To call a referendum on laws and certain decisions of the Cantonal Council


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45 members of the Cantonal Council
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Article 34
Part - and Variant vote
For the case of a referendum, the Cantonal Council may exceptionally decide:
a. to contrast the whole template or individual provisions with variants;
b. to vote in addition to the whole template also on individual provisions.
If there is no referendum, the main template adopted by the Cantonal Parliament applies.

Article 36
Competing templates
In case of two templates are on the ballot, which contradict each other, voters will be able to agree with both templates and specify which one they prefer.

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