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(1) Any elector may initiate proposed legislation by submitting a completed initiative petition proposing the legislation to the city recorder.

(2) Any elector may refer council legislation to the electors by submitting a completed referendum petition to the city recorder prior to the effective date of the legislation.

(3) The council may order submission of proposed or adopted legislation to the electors.

(4) An ordinance for which a prospective referendum petition has been submitted to the city recorder does not take effect during the period of signature collection and signature verification, and if petitioners collect the number of elector signatures required under section 2.972 of this code, the ordinance shall not take effect except as provided in section 2.987 of this code.

(Section 2.971 added by Ordinance No. 18106, enacted January 18, 1978; amended by Ordinance No. 19883, enacted October 26, 1992, effective November 25, 1992; Ordinance No. 20287, enacted March 10, 2003, effective April 9, 2003; Ordinance No. 20405, enacted March 19, 2008, effective April 19, 2008; and clerically corrected October 24, 2008.)