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By Josh Altic

The first half of 2014 has seen a wide range of changes and attempted changes to ballot law across the nation, with some proposed laws seeking to expand the initiative and referendum process and others attempting to restrict it. For example, legislators in Georgia and eight other states proposed laws that sought to establish the power and process of initiative and referendum in state constitutions. Meanwhile, in Arizona, a controversial law proposed mandating that voters periodically reapprove any initiative or referendum that directs public expenditures or appropriations.

So far this year, state lawmakers have seen at least 113 laws concerning ballot measures during 2014's legislative sessions; of which 67 were carried over from 2013.

As of June 27, 2014, seven laws were approved and 33 were defeated.

This edition of the Ballot Law Update features a half-year roundup of laws, resolutions and bills concerning ballot measure and recall law. It highlights the laws that have been approved and defeated, as well as laws that could entirely change the dynamic of direct democracy on a statewide level.

The Ballot Law Update is released at the end of each month.

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The Tuesday Count: Issues of “consumer choice” make the ballot in Colorado and North Dakota

Edited by Ryan Byrne

2 certifications
144 measures for 2014

Business regulation (News)
Wages (Quick hits)
Marijuana (Spotlight)

Consumer battles are heating up in Colorado and North Dakota, as questions of regulation versus deregulation will go before voters in both states come November. While Coloradans will be joining Oregonians in the battle over regulating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), North Dakota residents will be asked to repeal a unique law that effectively bans chain retailers from operating pharmacies. Both issues revolve, in part, around consumer choice and commodity prices.

Meanwhile, 15 Now and the SEIU have hinted at a possible $15 minimum wage initiative in Oregon, an Illinois term limits initiative is being appealed to the supreme court and a medical marijuana initiative failed to make the ballot in Oklahoma.

Local marijuana ballot initiatives are beginning to be certified for the ballot in New Mexico. Santa Fe's ballot will feature an initiative to decriminalize marijuana, and Albuquerque's ballot may feature a similar question.

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