Ballot measures beyond voters

Mon, May 18 2009 — Source: The Dickson Press

In the last days of the 2009 session, the Legislature ended its revolt and decided to honor the decision of the voters to use tobacco lawsuit money to fight tobacco addiction. The Legislature justified its temporary rebellion with the argument that the voters didn’t know what they were doing when they voted on the measure.

The irony of its assessment of the electorate’s wisdom is that the Legislature turned right around and proposed for the November 2010 ballot a complex constitutional amendment that would put 30 percent of the state’s oil money into a trust fund, with interest unspent until 2017 and the principal untouched except by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.

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