Do over. That’s what some medical marijuana supporters and opponents want with the law that made the drug legal in Montana. Both sides are now pushing to get a new initiative on the November ballot. The new measure would repeal the very law voters approved that legalized the drug for medicinal purposes. The new initiative would ask voters to undo their 2004 decision legalizing medical marijuana and that’s leaving some strong opinions.
Dry regions in Georgetown follow stricter liquor laws, but one group wants to make those regions wet. It’s all in an effort to get local businesses more money. “This is not a liquor issue. This is an economic issue,” Karin Truxillo said. Truxillo is helping lead the Georgetown Winery Initiative. “This is leveling the playing field for downtown [and] for Sun City. The areas that are dry versus the areas that are wet. They have an advantage at the present time.”
Sponsors of a bill signed into law Tuesday say the new restrictions on ballot initiative backers could prevent future tangles like those surrounding a series of anti-tax measures before voters this November. House Bill 1370 requires that issue committees, the term for groups backing initiatives, register with the state and begin disclosing financial information as soon as they print and distribute 200 petitions. Current rules require these groups to register only after they raise or spend $200, a threshold that can be harder to gauge, according to bill co-sponsor Sen.
Costco Wholesale stores in Washington will begin collecting signatures next week to put an initiative on the ballot in November that would take the state out of the liquor business. Initiative 1100 would allow businesses in good standing that currently sell beer and wine to also sell liquor, and it would eliminate price controls and allow volume discounts.
A labor agency goes to court today in Pierre as it sues state officials over a ballot issue in the November election. The South Dakota State Federation of Labor objects to how Attorney General Marty Jackley explains a constitutional amendment concerning how employees in a workplace may join a union. A hearing begins at 1:30 p.m. today before Circuit Judge John Brown in the Hughes County Courthouse.
In addition to electing all but one City Council member, Pacific Grove voters will again decide whether they want to tax themselves to support their public library. A similar parcel tax narrowly failed last November to get the two-thirds supermajority required for passage of tax measures aimed at specific purposes. Last week, the City Council voted to include such a measure on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The King County Council fell one vote short Monday of sending residents an August ballot measure that would increase the county’s sales tax to save criminal justice services from drastic cuts. Despite pleas from Sheriff Sue Rahr and a room of uniformed police officers, the council’s four Republican members voted no. Needing six votes to pass, the measure died along an anticipated 5-4 partisan split.
The Humane Society is working to prevent what it considers cruel factory farming practices, such as keeping animals in spaces so small they can barely move. They are backing Ohio for Humane Farms’ initiative to add a measure to November’s ballot. The measure would call for the fair treatment of laying hens, pregnant cows, and veal calves. John Dinon of the Toledo Area Humane Society describes the measures as “some common sense initiatives, real basic animal welfare and food safety initiatives.”
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah will represent aspiring candidate Farley Anderson as he takes his electronic-signature battle to the state Supreme Court on June 2. In March, Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell rejected Anderson as an independent candidate for governor because a small portion of his required 1,000 signatures were gathered online.
Employer representatives on the Association of Washington Business’ (AWB) Board of Directors have voted unanimously to support Initiative 1053, a measure requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise taxes. Board members approved the vote May 13 during the state chamber of commerce’s annual Spring Board Meeting in Spokane.