It’s that 130,000 Idahoans, twice the number needed, could sign our medical initiative, only to have 1,300 remove their signatures in one district and kill the whole statewide initiative.
Tag: SB 1110
The bill increases the signature gathering requirement for initiative petitions, including the Idaho Medical Marijuana Act that has already been collecting signatures.
Democrats in the Idaho House and Senate note the focus of the supermajority Republican Legislature this session has not been about helping Idahoans, but about helping themselves to more power.
I represent the Idaho Citizens Coalition and the 200,000 Idahoans who use marijuana. I am a native Idahoan, as are my parents, and five generations of my family have called Idaho home.
The court in that case specifically did not rule on the merits of the case. The case was dismissed die to the plaintiff’s lack of standing—he had never attempted an initiative, so he could not show how the law affected him directly.
Glad to see our testimony was picked up by the state’s largest newspaper, emphasizing our framing that this is all in response to a legislature trying to stop initiatives they don’t like. Which is all of them, because policies they do like have a supermajority to pass them in the legislature.
In a party-line 7–2 vote, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee forwarded Senate Bill 1110 to the full Senate with a “do pass” recommendation.
Specifically, well-heeled organizations that support big-money endeavors — marijuana legalization, for instance — would be the only ones able to deploy a force of signature gatherers large enough to cover every corner of the state.
When this body passed increases to 24 and to 32 districts in bills last year, they were vetoed by Gov. Little, who worried that such a move would trigger a lawsuit that would let the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invalidate Idaho’s geographic signature requirement, as it did in the 2001 Idaho Coalition for Bears v. Cenarussa case.
“Idaho is a state that doesn’t like big government, and yet this Legislature is trying to silence the majority,” Bill Esbensen told the senators. “Our polls show medical marijuana will pass.”