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For the first time since 1992, Nevada voters will find no question on their November ballot that qualified as the result of a citizen’s initiative petition, the secretary of state’s office has reported. The deadline for submitting the required number of signatures to county clerks passed Tuesday with no petitions presented in any county. Three petitions to amend the state Constitution were in circulation.

Miami Beach voters could cast ballots for Mary Jane come November should a budding effort to decriminalize marijuana possession in the city gain traction. In front of City Hall Wednesday evening, the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy announced a drive to gather signatures in support of a proposed amendment that would make “personal” possession of marijuana in Miami Beach a civil code violation punishable by a mere fine.

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Jeremiah McKay knocks on the first door in a quiet neighborhood off Southeast Powell Boulevard, near the eastern edge of Portland, during the 10 a.m. lull. Families had rushed to work and school, but plenty of retirees and stay-home parents remained. He’s wearing a sports shirt and khaki pants, trying to avoid the formal sales look he’d donned for seven years.

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A petition drive last summer aimed at the development of a municipal pool was cut short, after the site of the proposed pool was sold to a local businessman. But just as the rezoning of the former Muskingum Family Y property from residential to commercial has resurfaced before City Council, so too has the initiative petition.

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When members of the Puyallup City Council revisited the issue of term limits last week, it seemed likely they would vote to approve or reject an advisory ballot measure for the public this November. Instead, conversation at the council’s June 8 meeting shifted to the possibility of enacting public initiatives and referendums, a way of taking the highly controversial subject of term limits out of the council’s hands.

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Redding will push ahead with a pair of ballot measures asking voters to curtail retiree benefits. The City Council voted 3-2 late Tuesday night to approve the measures for the Nov. 2 election. One initiative will ask voters if the council should enter negotiations asking workers to pay a portion of their California Public Employees’ Retirement System pensions. The requirement would be phased in over the length of the contract up for negotiation.

Common Sense for Oregon is boosting its signature gathering efforts for initiatives that would put legislative redistricting into the hands of a non-partisan commission and that would allow property owners more leeway to defend their property. Initiative campaigns are now required to turn in signatures gathered by paid canvassers every month. The deadline was 5 p.m. Monday, and I have some of the totals.

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The Ohio Project, a statewide ballot initiative petition aimed at stopping forced healthcare, has been put forth by The Ohio Liberty Council, a statewide coalition of 40 grassroots groups. The petition currently being circulated is a proposed state constitutional amendment that will “preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage.” The amendment, drafted by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, would protect Ohioans from the fines, taxes, and individual mandates contained in the new federal health care measure passed by Congress.

Nevada voters won’t get the chance to decide whether the state’s booming mining industry should pay higher taxes. On Monday, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, or PLAN, said it wouldn’t meet today’s deadline to provide the 97,002 signatures from registered voters needed to place the mining tax initiative on the November ballot.

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Four days after turning in paperwork for an initiative that would have increased San Carlos police staffing and salaries — in addition to requiring voter approval for the city to contract for police services — the city’s police union submitted a revised proposal and admitted the original was a mistake. The revised proposal turned in Monday by the Police Officers Association keeps a section in the original that would prohibit the city from outsourcing police services without prior voter approval and reinstate the department if it is outsourced before the measure’s passage.