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  • Victims’ rights initiative qualifies for November ballot

    A citizens’ initiative seeking to expand the rights of Montana crime victims and their families qualified Friday for the November ballot.


  • For lawmakers, supermajority a taxing constitutional debate

    OLYMPIA – A proposed constitutional amendment gave a Senate panel another chance to argue whether democracy is helped or hurt by requiring legislative supermajorities to approve tax increases. Definitely helped, …


  • Tax vote law could be made permanent

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature should honor the “will of the people” and cement the requirement for a supermajority to raise taxes into the state constitution, Republican senators said Thursday. They …


  • Fast track legislation may get brakes

    OLYMPIA – For most people, an emergency is something that usually requires flashing lights and sirens. For legislators, an emergency is something that requires a law take effect right away, …


  • Tax hike/cut proposal falls short

    BOISE – Freshman North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick’s proposed constitutional amendment to require two-thirds votes not only for any tax increase but also for any fee hike or the reduction …


  • Bail denial issue will be on ballot in fall

    The Washington Legislature has given final approval to a constitutional amendment that would give judges more power in denying bail.


  • Kootenai County Voters Approve Hospital Partnership Amendment

    Hospitals Kootenai County voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment allowing public hospitals to form partnerships with private businesses. With 8 percent of precincts reporting, 3,356 people - or 60 percent …

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