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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013, 8:28 A.M.

SR: No Initiative Problem In Idaho

Before Idaho legislators tamper with something as fundamental as access to the ballot for citizen initiatives, they ought to answer a simple question: What’s the problem? Since 2000, citizens have made 54 attempts to bring an initiative to the ballot, and succeeded four times, according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. Two of those initiatives passed. Last fall, three referenda were on the ballot, and they successfully overturned education-related laws adopted by the Legislature. Before that, a grand total of four attempts to veto legislation had made it to the ballot. Only one succeeded – in 1935. And yet, the Idaho Senate’s Republican leadership wants to make it even more difficult for citizens to gain ballot access/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Seems to me that Idaho has a problem with arrogant legislators who think it has an initiative problem. What do you think?

D.F. Oliveria
Dave Oliveria writes the Huckleberries Online Blog for North Idaho readers and the Huckleberries print column.

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