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Montana C-37, Distribution Requirements for Constitutional Initiatives (2002)

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The Distribution Requirements for Constitutional Initiatives Amendment, also known as C-37, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Montana, where it was approved.


In Montana PIRG v. Johnson, C-37 and related measure C-38 were found by a U.S. District Court to be unconstitutional on equal protection grounds. Mike McGrath subsequently ruled that the federal court's invalidation of C-37 and C-38 meant that the prior language of the state's constitutional amendments about distribution requirements for citizen initiatives should be considered to be fully back in force.[1]

Election results

C-37 (Distribution Requirements for Constitutional Initiatives)
Approveda Yes 179,616 57.2%

Official results via: The Montana Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

The legislature submitted this proposal for a vote. This proposal would amend the Montana Constitution by changing the signature gathering requirements for placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot. People proposing constitutional amendments will be required to gather signatures from at least 10% of the qualified electors in at least one-half of Montana's counties, rather than in two-fifths of the legislative house districts. Qualified electors would be the number of registered voters last voting for governor in a county. If approved, this measure would take effect July 1, 2003.

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