The referendum has been sparingly used in matters of local concern.
In 1902 thirteen amendments were adopted, including provisions for the initiative, the referendum and the recall.
On a referendum, 685,969 electors 1866.
Any bill proposed in the legislature or passed by it must be referred to popular vote before becoming law, if there is a referendum petition therefor signed by 10,000 voters; and a petition signed by 12,000 voters initiates new legislation.
Exceptions to the referendum are made in the case of laws necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or the support of the state government or the various state institutions.