Kansas lawmakers consider bill to simplify ballot measure wording
By Al Ortiz
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The bill is a direct result of a controversy over a February 28 referendum in Wichita where voters rescinded a tax incentive that city officials had granted to developers of a hotel project.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.