SB 1150, the bill that would ban out-of-state signature gathering for citizen initiatives in Idaho, is dead for this legislative session.
Late Monday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the SAFE Banking Act with the two-thirds majority needed by a vote of 321–101.
“This was a very difficult vote for me. I knew I would have people that vastly disagreed with me no matter how I voted.”
Idaho Gov. Brad little this morning signed SB 1110, the bill that immediately increases signature gathering requirements for initiative petitions, including the already-circulating Idaho Medical Marijuana Act.
It would seem that Idaho Citizens Coalition’s talking points made it to the minds of some of the Republican legislators who voted “no.” A few of them were even echoed by the legislators in the debate.
Rep. Mike Kinglsey’s statements in opposition to HJR 4 deserve a round of applause.
In a 42–28 vote, the Idaho House failed to garner the two-thirds majority necessary to forward constitutional amendment HJR 4 to the Senate for consideration.
This bill does not legalize industrial hemp; it merely provides an exemption from the criminal prosecution if you have a hemp license.
Will he veto this one? Actually, the answer is unlikely to make a difference –SB1110 passed both legislative houses with enough votes to override a veto.
It’s not just the readers of the newspapers any more, now the editorial boards of the newspapers themselves are urging Gov. Little to veto SB 1110.
More than any other bill (aside from the HJR 4 amendment proposal) this session, SB 1150 is clearly an attack by the legislature specifically to derail our medical marijuana initiative.
SB1110 is a dangerous attack on this constitutional right, and raising the requirement will allow only wealthy, special interest groups in securing enough signatures to get an initiative on the ballot.