NV Senator Care Honored with Lilburne Award for Defending Nevada Voter Rights

Mon, Jun 1 2009

Care Cast ONLY vote supporting Nevada voting rights

(LAKE RIDGE, VA) – Today, Citizens in Charge Foundation, a transpartisan national voter rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process, presented Nevada State Senator Terry Care with the June 2009 John Lilburne Award. Senator Care is being recognized for standing up for the rights of Nevada voters and trying to stop legislation that would shut Nevadans out of the ballot initiative process.

Yesterday, Senator Care cast the only vote against Senate Bill 212 aimed at stifling the ballot initiative process.

“Senator Care’s courageous lone vote against oppressive Senate Bill 212 demonstrates his strong commitment to making certain the voters of Nevada have a voice in their government,” said Paul Jacob, President of Citizens in Charge Foundation. “By rejecting Senate Bill 212, Senator Care put his constituents first. Every resident of Nevada should question why their legislator didn’t do the same.”

Senate Bill 212 would require those trying to get an initiative or referendum on the ballot to collect signatures from each of the state’s congressional districts until 2011. After 2011, the state would create “petition districts” from which signatures would have to be collected.

“The Nevada legislature has tried twice to place restrictive geographic distribution requirements on petition signatures,” said Jacob. “ These restrictions are nothing but attempts to cripple citizen access to the ballot initiative process. For his opposition to a bill that would place more hurdles in front of the citizens of Nevada, it is fitting to award Senator Care the Lilburne Award for June 2009.”

Nevada State Senator Terry Care (D) represents District 7, Clark County. He is the Assistant Majority Floor Leader and the State Senate Judiciary Chairman. Senator Care has served in the Nevada Senate since 1999.

Each month, Citizens in Charge Foundation presents the John Lilburne Award to a citizen, or citizens, working to protect and defend the First Amendment petition rights of Americans. John Lilburne was a 17th Century English pamphleteer, political activist, and champion of individual rights who advocated constitutional government and pioneered the use of petitioning and referenda for redress against government power and abuse.

Citizens in Charge Foundation is a national transpartisan voter rights group dedicated to protecting and expanding the ballot initiative and referendum process. We believe good government starts with the voter. For more information visit us www.CitizensInCharge.org.