Montana Distribution Requirements for Statutory Initiatives, C-38 (2002)

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The Montana Distribution Requirements for Statutory Initiatives Amendment, also known as C-38, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Montana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure changed signature requirements for proposing statutory initiatives. The measure required signatures from at least 5 percent of voters in at least half of Montana's counties, rather than in one-third of the legislative districts.[1][2]

Aftermath

In Montana PIRG v. Johnson, C-38 and related measure C-37 were found by a U.S. District Court to be unconstitutional on equal protection grounds. Attorney General 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.[3]

Election results

Montana C-38 (2002)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 178,946 57.58%
No131,84942.42%

Election results via: Montana Secretary of State

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

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