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NO Excuses! Initiative and Referendum has been Introduced in the Virginia General Assembly!

Del. Sam Rasoul has done it again!  Opening up the political system in the Commonwealth!  He introduced a new constitutional amendment governing initiative and referendum and here it is (largely written by yours truly):


Section 1-A. Initiatives, referendums, and recalls.

(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 1, the people reserve to themselves the power (1) to propose and enact laws or constitutional amendments by initiative, 2) to approve or reject legislative acts, or parts thereof, by referendum, and (3) to remove certain elected officials by recall.

(b) The General Assembly, subject to subsection c, shall provide by law for the circulation and verification of petitions and all additional provisions necessary for the people to exercise such powers, but in no way shall such provisions limit or restrict the exercise of such powers.

(c) A measure shall qualify to be placed on the ballot only if petitions have been signed by qualified voters equal in number to the following:

(1) To place a proposed law on the ballot by initiative: four percent of the total turnout in the previous election for Governor.

(2) To place a referendum to repeal an existing law on the ballot: five percent of the total turnout in the previous election for Governor.

(3) To place a constitutional amendment on the ballot: ten percent of the total turnout in the previous election for Governor.

 (d) The General Assembly shall provide by law for the recall of all state and local elected officials.

(e) Nothing in this section shall impair the right of the General Assembly to propose a constitutional amendment or call a constitutional convention pursuant to Article XII, Sections 1 and 2.

(f) The legal sufficiency of a proposed law, referendum question, or constitutional amendment shall be approved by the Attorney General prior to being placed on the ballot subject to an interlocutory appeal to the Supreme Court by the petition for review procedure set forth in law by the General Assembly.

Now I am fully aware that a constitutional amendment has to pass twice in consecutive sessions of the legislature with an intervening election.  But there is no rule or law that says it can’t pass three times!  It is time to let your delegates and senators know!  Let’s support initiative and referendum – HJR 34.  It won’t be easy to get 4 percent (That is about 100,000 votes based on 2017) of signatures for even the lowest threshold) but the possibility can be now there.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

15 Responses to “NO Excuses! Initiative and Referendum has been Introduced in the Virginia General Assembly!”

  1. Gene the Populist says:

    Corrupt republicans in the GA will never let this see the light of day. The End

  2. Conrad W. says:

    Rasoul is a MUSLIM. Another example like David Ramadan from Loudon County- when the Muslim population reaches critical mass in any locality like it did in Loudon to elect Ramadan and Salem to elect Rasoul YOU GET a SHARIA LAW advocate elected to the General Assembly.

    When will the Democratic voters and LIberals who support LGBTQ rights and animal rights and women’s rights wake up to the danger of the Muslim invasion occurring in this nation and our Commonwealth?

    Muslims forbid owning PETS- in fact members of the Richmond Islamic Center mutilated and killed the pets of Sylvia Wright as they attempted to drive her from her Henrico Property adjacent to the MOSQUE in their attempt to intimidate and terrorize her to acquire her land for pennies on the dollar. And Gays? Muslims kill them and drag them through the streets in the Middle East. And Women’s rights- They mutilate the genitals of millions of young girls around the world.

    And the Democrats elected Sam Rasoul to the HOD and Virginia Right is praising him?

    What in God’s name is going on with this Blog? And you wonder why Virginia is BLUE? look in the mirror.

    • Byron Walls III says:

      Sylvia Wright published a book about her ordeal with Henrico County and the Richmond Islamic Center and her property rights nightmare with the terrorists who terrorized her family.

      google sylvia hoens wright to find her publications.

      People don’t understand why Bob Witte lost the Republican Supervisor seat in Henrico County in November? formerly held by the late Republican Dick Glover? Witte served on the planning commission that voted for that damn mosque. NO ONE in the area turned out to vote for that POS Witte after what he and Glover did to them. Drive down Hungary Road and look at it. A disgrace to every hard working tax payer in Henrico County- The Republican Party.

      Going to the Kroger on Staples Mill is like going shopping in Pakistan. Thanks to the MOSQUE.
      Ruined the schools.

  3. Faber Jackson says:

    Muslim Radical Congressman Keith Ellison from MINNESOTA poses with the Antifa Handbook
    ( Communists)

  4. Dennis Clark says:

    Mr. Sanders:

    The Muslims have figured out that in order for Sharia Law to take over our Constitution they must amend it.

    You and your Libertarian friends can’t see the 600 pound gorilla in the room.

    No Muslim elected to office in America is a friend of our Constitution. Why do you think Obama refused to call the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and why was CIA Director John Brennan [who is a MUSLIM] allowed to inflitrate the gov’t with MB terrorists? at the highest level of government?

    They support the Article V Convention of States.

    Sam Rasoul is an enemy of our Constitution.

  5. Sandy

    First, I always want to thank my readers, including Conrad W., Byron Walls III, Faber Jackson and Dennis Clark. A blog without readers is a waste of time! Thank you again.

    But I disagree. Muslims have a right to build a mosque where the laws allow it. If the stores look like Pakistan, than that is an opportunity for followers of Jesus like me to reach out – Jesus came to seek and save the lost – look Muslims agree with us on many things: Jesus is a prophet who will judge the living and the dead in the Koran. They call Him Isa. (Now I am clear – Jesus is the Son of God and saved the world form sin if we receive Him.) I bet you’d find if people reached out to the people in the supermarket – you’d find out something very different. I’ll work with any political group or person. Del. Rasoul wants to open up the electoral system in VA and it needs it BAD!

    Conservatives ought to be ashamed of this “creeping shariah” thing. It’s unnecessary in a Constitutional Republic. We have freedom of religion and we ought to be vigilant to ensure it for others.

    I will continue to work with Del. Rasoul on things we agree on. And it’s not my style to attack others because of who they are.


  6. Phil R. says:

    The ” peace loving” members of the Richmond Islamic Center killed Wright’s pets – mutilated her Dog so as to drive her off her property so they could confiscate it. This is what terrorists do in order to build mosques now- demanded her right of way to her homestead from the county. This has nothing to do with the Muslim community’s rights to build a mosque it is about the courts and politicians in Henrico throwing the VA Code out the window on property rights to accommodate terrorists.

    Be careful who you create alliances with Mr. Sanders. Muslims do not believe in our Constitution. Only Sharia Law.

  7. Nate Pastick says:

    Sharia Law is incompatible with our US Constitution which is why the Communists and Leftists funded by George Soros want a Con Con to rewrite our Constitution.

    So ask yourselves why Senator Ryan McDougle, Delegates Nick Freitas, Buddy Fowler, Chris Peace and others support this Article V Convention of States? hmmm. Whose side are they really on? Not the Right for sure.

    • GeneThePopulist says:

      Huh? Really, the COS is strickly a Republican deal. I do not know where you people come up with this BS.

      • Sandy Sanders

        No there are left wing people who want the COS from their side, too.

        See this site:

        See what they want to do:

        Indeed, instead of just playing defense, affirmatively proposing a progressive agenda for a Constitutional Convention could actually rally grassroots support to accomplish the following important goals:

        Revising the 1st Amendment to clarify that political donations are not protected as free speech. This would go a long way towards elimination of secretive and huge donations to politicians which have turned our elections into a buyer takes all nightmare.
        Revising the 2nd Amendment to clarify that ownership of guns can be tightly regulated and that weapons that have no legitimate purpose other than to commit mass murder, can be outlawed.
        Revising the way we elect our President by eliminating the electoral college, thereby assuring voters that a majority of voters will elect our President.
        Establishing a right to legal counsel in civil cases so that people cannot evicted or have other civil rights removed without representation.
        Granting statehood to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; and
        Finally passing the Equal Rights Amendment to assure that women have the same rights as men.

        I could add to that. That is why I DO NOT support a COS. Thanks for reading again, Gene.


  8. Cate B. says:

    Hanover Conservative Caucus nails Delegate Christopher Killian Peace.

  9. Gene The Populist says:

    On another note, the December jobs report is out. Trump created 148,000 in December. In spite of all the trump claims about his deregulation, the pipelines being built, lower taxes, stopping immigration, the trade deficit, the economy is booming under trump claims. Well, Obama created 156,000 jobs last December. Not only more jobs last December, but for the entire last year Obama was in office, he created more jobs than Trump did last year.

    In spite of the all the trump claims about the his allowing the oil pipelines to be built, deregulating fracking, opening up drilling in Alaska, crude oil prices are now higher than they were when trump moved into the White House. $52.66 for a barrel of WTI Jan.3, 2017, and today $62.01. This translates into higher gasoline and diesel prices at the gas pump. Prices which are now substantially higher than Jan.20 when trump came in.


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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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