Montana Legislature considering change to ballot measure introduction deadline
HELENA, Montana: The Montana Legislature is considering changing the schedule for scheduling ballot referenda drafting requests. The Senate Rules Committee passed a proposal on January 4, 2011 that would push back the deadline for ballot measure introduction in session from January 17 to mid-March, according to reports. The committee voted to pass the measure with a vote of 12-5. Both chambers of the legislature must vote to pass this bill in order to finalize the effects of the proposal. The proposal would take effect during this year's legislative session. Some opponents of the proposal, however, say that the process of introducing ballot referenda in mid-March would create a "logjam" later in session with other items on the agenda.
The 2011 legislative session in Montana began on January 3 and will run into late April.