Montana State Auditor Renaming Amendment, C-45 (2014)

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State Auditor Renaming Amendment
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Referred by:Montana State Legislature
Topic:Admin of gov't
Status:Defeated Defeatedd
2014 measures
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November 4
C-45 Defeatedd
LR-126 Defeatedd
Endorsements

The Montana State Auditor Renaming Amendment, C-45, was on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Montana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have renamed the “State Auditor” position as “Commissioner of Securities and Insurance.”[1][2]

The measure was introduced into the Montana Legislature by State Representative Tom Berry (R-45) as House Bill 79.[1]

Election results

Below are the official, certified election results:

Montana State Auditor Renaming Amendment
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No177,61551.58%
Yes 166,758 48.42%

Election results via: Montana Secretary of State

Text of measure

The official ballot text appeared as follows:[2]

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 45

AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION PROPOSED BY THE LEGISLATURE

AN ACT SUBMITTING TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF MONTANA AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE IV, SECTION 8, ARTICLE VI, SECTIONS 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, AND 7, AND ARTICLE X, SECTION 4, OF THE MONTANA CONSTITUTION TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE STATE AUDITOR TO THE COMMISSIONER OF SECURITIES AND INSURANCE.

The 2013 Legislature submitted this proposal for a vote. C‐45 would amend Montana's Constitution to change the name of the office of state auditor to the commissioner of securities and insurance (CSI). The office's current duties of regulating the securities and insurance industries would not change.

[ ] YES on Constitutional Amendment C‐45

[ ] NO on Constitutional Amendment C‐45[3]

Support

Supporters

Officials

Senate

The following state senators voted to place the measure on the ballot:[4]

Note: A yes vote on the measure merely referred the question to voters and did not necessarily mean these legislators approved of the stipulations laid out in C-45.
House

C-45 received near unanimous support in the Montana House of Representatives. Out of 99 representatives, 97 voted in support, one voted against and two did not vote.[4]

Opposition

Opponents

Officials

Senate

The following state senators voted against placing the measure on the ballot:[4]

House

Media editorial positions

See also: Endorsements of Montana ballot measures, 2014

Support

  • Great Falls Tribune said, "Our main reason we favor the change is clarity. When a citizen has a question about securities and insurance, he or she would be comfortable calling the office of the commissioner of securities and insurance, but would be confused and probably be put off by the official name of the office, state auditor."[5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Montana Constitution

Section 8 of Article XIV of the Montana Constitution says that an affirmative roll call vote of two-thirds of all members of the Montana Legislature is required to refer an amendment to the ballot. The bill was approved through a vote in both legislative chambers. HB 79 was approved by the Montana State Senate on March 21, 2013. HB 79 was approved by the Montana House of Representatives on April 11, 2013.[4]

Senate vote

March 21, 2013 Senate vote

Montana HB 79 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 35 72.43%
No1428.57%

House vote

April 11, 2013 House vote

Montana HB 79 House Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 97 98.98%
No11.02%

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