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.
Editorial: Give Idaho’s GOP the nightmare it dreads
Gov. Brad Little needs to do more than simply veto the Legislature’s latest attempt to curtail ordinary Idahoans’ ability to draft their own laws through the ballot initiative.
Because this measure cleared both the House and Senate overwhelmingly, Little’s veto could be overridden.
So sometime before Saturday’s deadline, the governor must fashion an argument that persuades at least a handful of Republicans to flip their votes and support him.
He has the perfect foil.
Reclaim Idaho’s Luke Mayville — one of the architects behind the successful 2018 Medicaid expansion — is out with the Initiative Rights Act, a new measure that would be headed toward the ballot if this current bill becomes law.
It rolls back the rules to 2012, when petition gatherers could round up 6 percent of the registered voters anywhere in the state — the system in place when Idaho voters rolled back the anti-teacher Luna laws. Concentrating signature-gathering in the urban centers would require less effort than building an organization throughout at least half of the state.
No king by committee
The bill is nothing less than undisguised and mean-spirited retribution against voters for approving a 2018 initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho.
For seven years prior, Republican lawmakers had refused to accept federal funding for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare that would have provided health care for Idaho’s estimated 62,000 uninsured residents. It was partisan pique at its worst and most harmful.
Voters should tell the governor that he has their unequivocal support for halting the Legislature’s retributive rage. They should urge him to hit the stop button on the legislative shredder before their constitutional right to government “of the people, by the people and for the people” is mutilated.
Idaho doesn’t need a king, even a king by committee.