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Farm Bureau Seeks Initiative Limit

The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation has brought in a new version of its bill to make it tougher to get initiatives or referenda on the Idaho ballot, this time requiring signatures to come from 6 percent of residents of 18 of Idaho’s 35 legislative districts, rather than from 22 of the 35  legislative districts. The new bill is otherwise identical to the group’s earlier measure. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted this morning to introduce the new version, but only after Sen. Elliiot Werk, D-Boise, said he’s heard from his constituents “a deep-seated anger with these kinds of attempts to lessen the ability of the people to petition us”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: I consider this bill almost as outrageous as Gov. Butch Otter's attempt to give big business a tax break by shifting $141 million in personal property tax revenue to local governments. Legislators would like nothing more than to further limit the initiative process after their attempt to force the Luna Laws onto Idaho was rejected at the polls last November. Will you join me in voting against any North Idaho representative who votes for this bill?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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