Spokane Ballot Language Approval Amendment

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The Spokane city council is considering a Spokane Ballot Language Approval Amendment for voter approval in Spokane County.

The city is considering changing the rules that govern the titling of ballot measures brought on by petitions. Currently the one that initiates the petition titles and provides the ballot language. Under the new amendment, which follow the state system for ballot measures, the city attorney would have to approve the final ballot title and descriptive language. Proponents could consult with the attorney beforehand to ensure their title and language is clear before collecting signatures. Opponents cite bias as a reason not to initiate this amendment, but proponents show how it works for the state and that there are checks to the attorney's power such as taking the issue to court. The city council is still talking about the issue, in no real rush to put it to a vote yet.[1]