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Kansas lawmakers consider bill to simplify ballot measure wording

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May 10, 2012


By Al Ortiz

TOPEKA, Kansas: Ballot measure language has been the focus of the Kansas State Legislature in the most recent weeks.[1]

State lawmakers are considering a bill to allow officials to provide an explanation when it's not clear what a local or statewide ballot measure would do.

The bill is a direct result of a controversy over a February 28 referendum in Wichita where voters rescinded a tax incentive that city officials had granted to developers of a hotel project.

According to reports, residents stated that ballot language was so complicated, it was difficult to figure out what a "yes" or "no" vote meant.

Ballot text controversies have been frequent across the country, highlighted by 2011's biggest statewide measure Ohio Issue 2 - the Senate Bill 5 Veto Referendum - and 2012's biggest statewide ballot issue so far, North Carolina Amendment 1, the same-sex marriage ban proposal, which was approved on May 8.

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