(LAKE RIDGE, VA) – Today, Citizens in Charge Foundation, a national voter rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process, presented Janine Hansen, a Nevada citizen activist working with Citizen Outreach with the June 2011 John Lilburne Award for her outstanding dedication to protecting Nevada’s citizen initiative rights from legislation that would have severely restricted those rights.
Let’s dispense with the obvious right away: Some Boulder City residents say they think most of their city council members, along with the city attorney, are power hungry and care as little for the law as they do for the will of the people.
(LAKE RIDGE, VA) – Today, Citizens in Charge Foundation, a national voter rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process, presented attorneys Tracy and Linda Strickland of Boulder City, Nevada, with the February 2011 John Lilburne Award. The Stricklands are representing a group of Boulder City citizens who, in pursuing several local initiative measures, have been repeatedly sued by the city.
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.
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.
Jumping on a hot election-year issue, U.S. Senate candidate Chad Christensen on Thursday launched a ballot initiative that would impose an Arizona-like law in Nevada, giving authorities the right to question and arrest possible illegal immigrants in certain cases. Christensen, a Las Vegas assemblyman, said he is working on a draft of his Nevada Immigration Reform Referendum and would start gathering signatures immediately, although he is not sure whether he’ll be able to meet a deadline to get the initiative on the November ballot.
Boulder City residents petitioning for more ballot initiatives in the upcoming general election submitted a charter amendment question Thursday regarding the appointment of the city attorney. The amendment initiative asks whether the city attorney should be elected instead of appointed by the City Council. The ballot committee submitted the question along with 869 signatures and 195 notarized pages. To be placed on the ballot, an initiative must be accompanied by a petition signed by at least 640 registered voters, according to the city clerk’s office.
The committee working to get the issue of a second landfill on the ballot in November turned in their signatures to the Humboldt County Clerk’s Office on Wednesday. The committee needed 852 signatures but collected 1294 — just to be on the safe side. If ultimately included on the ballot, the voters would have an opportunity to decide whether or not they want to limit the amount of garbage that could be imported to a second landfill within the county.
The Nevada Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on a ballot initiative that would outlaw abortions in the state. The group “Personhood Nevada” wants to redefine the law to provide civil rights to the unborn fetus, making it illegal to terminate a pregnancy. The case was appealed after a lower court ruled the petition was too broad and violated state law. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood are trying to stop the initiative, claiming it fails to inform voters that it would affect both abortions and birth control.