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House OKs Attack On Initiatives

The House has voted 45-21 in favor of SB 1108, the bill to make it more difficult to qualify an initiative or referendum measure for the Idaho ballot; there was bipartisan opposition. The bill, which earlier passed the Senate, now goes to the governor’s desk/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise.

You can thank the following “yes” votes (North Idaho representatives underlined) for making it more difficult for Idahoans to pass initiatives/referendums:

Voting yes: Reps. Anderson(31), Anderst, Andrus, Barrett, Bateman, Batt, Bedke, Bell, Bolz, Boyle, Collins, Crane, Dayley, DeMordaunt, Denney, Eskridge, Gestrin, Gibbs, Hartgen, Hixon, Holtzclaw, Horman, Kauffman, Loertscher, Luker, McMillan, Meline, Miller, Monks, Moyle, Nielsen, Packer, Palmer, Perry, Raybould, Romrell, Shepherd, Stevenson, Thompson, Trujillo, VanOrden, Vander Woude, Wood(27), Wood(35), and Youngblood.

Voting no: Reps. Agidius, Barbieri, Burgoyne, Chew, Clow, Erpelding, Gannon, Hancey, Harris, King, Kloc, Malek, Mendive, Patterson, Pence, Ringo, Rusche, Sims, Smith, Ward-Engelking, and Woodings.

Absent: Reps. Anderson(01), Henderson, Morse and Wills.

 
 
Question: Am I the only one who still thinks this is a bad bill pushed by legislators who don't like being told what to do by their constituents?

Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/trailer-bill-on-tougher-idaho-initiative-requirements-welcomed-by-democrats/#storylink=cpy

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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