Elections | Initiatives - 29 Federal Disobedience


SPONSOR: Michael W. Worley, 231 Williams Dr., Florence, MS 39073

SUBJECT MATTER: Obeying Federal Directives

BALLOT TITLE: Should Mississippi be bound to obey directives from the federal government which are not constitutional as described in Initiative #29?

BALLOT SUMMARY: Initiative #29 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to provide, “The State of Mississippi and its residents shall not be bound to obey any directive from the United States Government, or any other governmental body, which directive violates the United States Constitution or is extra-constitutional in its origin or in its makeup.”

ORIGINAL FILING: April 7, 2009

STATUS: Active

Federal Disobedience Petition

Initiative Information

The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.  Initiative measures are valid for one year.  During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution.  According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 89,285 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 17,857 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000.  This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election.  Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi.  A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00.

For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).