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Montana Distribution Requirements for Statutory Initiatives, C-38 (2002)
The Montana Distribution Requirements for Statutory Initiatives Amendment, also known as C-38, 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 statutory initiatives. The measure required signatures from at least 5 percent of voters in at least half of Montana's counties, rather than in one-third of the legislative districts.
In Montana PIRG v. Johnson, C-38 and related measure C-37 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-38 (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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