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Nebraska Senator introduces bill that both toughens and eases signature requirements

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January 15, 2010

LINCOLN, Nebraska: State Senator Bill Avery introduced a measure to the Nebraska Legislature on January 11, 2010 that would require an initiated constitutional amendment to gather signatures from at least 15 percent of the state’s registered voters in order to be place before voters on a ballot. That number would increase from the current 10 percent requirement. According to Avery, the senator wanted to make it more difficult for out-of-state, special interest groups from involving themselves in the state’s issues.

Also, the measure would decrease the signature requirement from 7 to 4 percent of voter signatures in order to place an initiated state statute on the ballot. This would make it easier for a statute to achieve ballot access.[1]

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