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Old 01.02.2011, 18:37
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Volksinitiative - what can be proposed?

Are there any limits on what can be proposed for a referendum? If, hypothetically speaking, I wanted someone to sponsor a law making it legal for you to kill anyone smoking on a train platform/bus stop (and making such killers immune from prosecution under existing laws for murder etc.) then would enough votes simply pass this into law?

Are there any checks/balances on what can be proposed?
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Re: Volksinitiative - what can be proposed?

I suppose it could if there were enough support:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_ne...l?cid=26670404
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Re: Volksinitiative - what can be proposed?

No you couldn't as this violates several mandatory provisions of international law.

Have a looky at art. 139 of the federal constitution:

Art. 1391 Popular initiative requesting a partial revision of the Federal Constitution in specific terms


1 Any 100,000 persons eligible to vote may within 18 months of the official publication of their initiative request a partial revision of the Federal Constitution.
2 A popular initiative for the partial revision of the Federal Constitution may take the form of a general proposal or of a specific draft of the provisions proposed.

3 If the initiative fails to comply with the requirements of consistency of form, and of subject matter, or if it infringes mandatory provisions of international law, the Federal Assembly shall declare it to be invalid in whole or in part.

4 If the Federal Assembly is in agreement with an initiative in the form of a general proposal, it shall draft the partial revision on the basis of the initiative and submit it to the vote of the People and the Cantons. If the Federal Assembly rejects the initiative, it shall submit it to a vote of the People; the People shall decide whether the initiative should be adopted. If they vote in favour, the Federal Assembly shall draft the corresponding bill.

5 An initiative in the form of a specific draft shall be submitted to the vote of the People and the Cantons. The Federal Assembly shall recommend whether the initiative should be adopted or rejected. It may submit a counter-proposal to the initiative.

The federal assembly=the parliament.
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