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This week's qualification of a referendum for the November 2014 ballot will be the sixth time in a decade that voters get the final say on a state law.

A "yes" vote will uphold this year's legislation ratifying the state's casino compact with Madera County's North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. A "no" vote will overturn it.

The as-yet-unnumbered referendum is the 49th to qualify for a California ballot since 1912, after the process was included in then-Gov. Hiram Johnson's package of government reforms.

Of the 48 referendums that have made it on the ballot since then, 20 laws have been upheld and 28 have been rejected by voters, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

In recent years, voters overwhelmingly sustained new state Senate lines last fall. In November 2004, voters narrowly overturned a 2003 law that would have created a single-payer healthcare system in California after a campaign in which both sides collectively spent about $30 million.

In February 2008, voters maintained tribal-casino deals between the state and four Southern California tribes: the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Riverside County and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in San Diego County.

Below is an interactive chart showing the referendums that have qualified and how they fared at the ballot box:

PHOTO: Labor activists rally in front of a Wal-Mart in San Jose, Calif. in October 2004 in favor of Proposition 72 a referendum on Senate Bill 2 of 2003. AP Photo/ Dino Vournas


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