At stake in this Referendum:
- -The referendum would devolve some powers from the central government to local authorities.
-Local governments would have greater taxing and spending capabilities.
-Local government would also have some autonomy in health and education spending.
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President Carlo Azeglio CIAMPI
- Head of Government: Prime Minister Silvio BERLUSCON
- Assembly: Italy has a bicameral Parliament (Parlamento) consisting of the Senate (Senato della Repubblica) with 315 seats* and the Chamber of Deputies (Camera dei Deputati) with 630 seats.
* In addition, there are a small number of senators-for-life including former presidents of the republic.
Main provisions in the Referendum:
- Referendum to delegate more power to local authorities.
- -A majority of votes cast are required for this referendum to be enacted.
-A majority of registered voters do not have to vote in this referendum for it to be considered valid.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 57,634,327 (July 2000 est.)
- Registered Voters: 49,066,417 (May 2000 )