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Part Two The Maryland Constitution and Commentary, Art.XVI The Referendum

From: The Maryland State Constitution

Dan Friedman

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 May 2021

Article XVI was added to the Maryland Constitution by an amendment passed by the General Assembly in 1914 and ratified by the people in 1915.1 Maryland’s is one of only three state constitutions (New Mexico and Kentucky are the others), that provide a referendum but not an initiative.2 Prior to the adoption of Article XVI, there was no power of referendum against laws of general applicability.3 Moreover, the referendum pursuant to Article XVI is exclusive—it is impermissible for the General Assembly to create a “minireferendum” by passing a law whose operative...
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