Initiative process under scrutiny in Montana

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March 22, 2010

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HELENA, Montana: Complaints have begun to surface, according to Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch, in relation to the state's initiative process, specifically signature gathering. McCulloch stated that she is sending a letter to each of the 13 initiative sponsors who are gathering signatures, stating that gatherers must be Montana residents and can't be paid based on number of signatures obtained.

The Secretary of State's actions are a result of the commissioner of political practices noting that there were concerns about certain signature gatherers and how they may be from out of state. The commissioner also said there were complaints that gatherers may have been misrepresenting an initiative or did not have a copy of the initiative when circulating petitions.[1]

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