Illinois Gov. Quinn’s Referendum Suggestion Snubbed by House
Back in August Illinois Governor Pat Quinn issed and “amendatory veto” to House Bill 723, the “Protect Incumbents Act”. The bill deals with blocking minor political parties ability to put candidates on the ballot through a party meeting that occurrs after the primary election.
As reported by Free & Equal Elections, Gov. Quinns’ veto message asks the General Assembly to add into the bill a call for a ballot question on next February’s primary ballot:
“Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to allow the people of Illinois to initiate, by petition, a binding referendum to adopt standards of ethical conduct for officials and employees of State government?”
The House voted yesterday to reject that request. It seems that the General Assembly doesn’t want to bother itself with asking the people’s approval of its actions.
While Illinois residents have the power to propose constitutional amendments by petitioning to be on the ballot, the process is highly restricted and therefore rarely used. The people do not have the power to call a referendum on acts passed by the legislature, but the legislature may place questions on the ballot for statewide voters.