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Article 33 - Petitions on legislative matters

Article 33

Petitions on legislative matters


   (1) The enactment, amendment or repeal of laws, including constitutional acts, may be requested by petition.
   (2) Petitions on legislative matters take the form of a simple suggestion or a fully detailed legislative proposal, and may in either case include an explanation of their motivation.
   (3) Petitions for the amendment or repeal of a law may not be submitted less than three years after that law came into force.
   (4) Petitions on legislative matters submitted by at least 5000 eligible voters, or by at least ten municipalities on the basis of municipal council decisions, shall be subject to a decision by the State Parliament on whether or not it wishes to approve the petition.
   (5) If the State Parliament refuses a petition which has been submitted by at least 20 per cent of eligible voters, it shall be subject to a referendum.
   (6) If the State Parliament approves a petition, it must enact a law that corresponds to the content of the petition.
   (7) The procedure will be further detailed by law.


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