Montana Initiative Repeal Amendment (2012)

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The Montana Initiative Repeal Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 general election ballot in the state of Montana as an initiated constitutional amendment.

The measure would have given the people the power to repeal or amend laws passed by initiative. Specifically, the change would require that lawmakers send their recommended changes to voter-approved measures back to voters for final approval.[1]

It was sponsored by the Montana Coalition for Rights. The initiative was submitted to the Montana Secretary of State on September 2, 2011.[2]

Support

The following is information obtained from the supporting side of the measure:

  • According to Nathan Pierce, a spokesman for a group called Montana Coalition for Rights: “I just really think a lot of the voters are angry at the way the Legislature has really disregarded their votes. I think we will have a lot of support for this type of initiative."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Montana signature requirements

To gain ballot access for the November 2012 ballot, supporters needed to collect 48,673 valid signatures from registered voters. In addition, those signatures needed to be submitted by the June 22, 2012 petition drive deadline.

The group supporting the initiative was given the green light to gather signatures by the Montana Attorney General on October 19, 2011, with the attorney general deeming the proposal "legally sufficient."[4]

Insufficient signatures were submitted by the deadline, thus the measure will not appear on the 2012 ballot.

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