Montana Distribution Requirements for Constitutional Initiatives, C-37 (2002)
The Montana Distribution Requirements for Constitutional Initiatives Amendment, also known as C-37, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Montana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure changed signature requirements for proposing constitutional amendments. The measure required signatures from at least 10 percent of voters in at least half of Montana's counties, rather than in two-fifths of the legislative districts.
In Montana PIRG v. Johnson, C-37 and related measure C-38 were found by a U.S. District Court to be unconstitutional on equal protection grounds. Attorney General Mike McGrath subsequently ruled that the federal court's invalidation of C-37 and C-38 meant that the prior language of the state's constitutional amendments about distribution requirements for citizen initiatives should be considered to be fully back in force.
|Montana C-37 (2002)|
Election results via: Montana Secretary of State
Text of measure
The text of the measure can be read here.
- Montana 2002 ballot measures
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- History of Initiative & Referendum in Montana
- Montana Secretary of State, "Historical Constitutional Initiatives and Constitutional Amendments," accessed August 5, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "Archive Publications," accessed August 5, 2014
- Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath's interpretation of the court's decision in Montana PIRG v. Johnson (dead link)
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