STATE HOUSE – Rep. Ramon A. Perez (D-Dist. 13, Providence,
Johnston) has introduced legislation (2018-H 7592)
that would ask voters whether they wish to amend the state constitution to
allow voter initiative, a process by which voters could propose new laws, amend
existing laws, or repeal unpopular laws by referendum if they collect enough
“The initiative would empower the voters to engage with
their government in the most direct way possible. If they believe their voices
are not being heard by their elected officials, this legislation would give
Rhode Island’s voters the power to rectify their grievances in an open,
transparent and democratic way,” said Representative Perez.
Currently, all lawmaking power in Rhode Island is vested in
the General Assembly, and if citizens want a particular law passed, they must
lobby members of the Assembly.
If voter initiative is established, voters who collect
enough signatures of support could get their legislative proposals on the
ballot, and see them become law if voters support them.