Can this process adversely impact the civil rights or liberties of individuals or groups?
No. An expedited appeal process is built into the legislation to allow concerned individuals or groups to prevent any measure determined to affect civil rights or liberties from the issuance of petition signature documents or proceeding to the referendum ballot. Can the state budget and financial matters be considered? Yes, but in contrast to the voter initiative processes in other states, the Rhode Island proposal has an important safeguard. If any initiative petition is deemed to affect the state budget by more than $250,000., the proponents must specifically demonstrate how the budget would be balanced if the initiative measure is approved by the voters. If, for example, the initiative is a proposal to cut state revenues or taxes, the proponents must disclose where the budget would be cut to accommodate any loss in revenue. Can big money campaigns influence the process? National experience in other states shows no conclusive evidence that big money campaigns can guarantee a Yes or N