Montana Senator tries to increase signature requirements

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January 28, 2011

By Kyle Maichle

HELENA, Montana: State Senator Anders Blewett wants to increase the required number of signatures needed to authorize an initiative or referendum in Montana.[1]

Blewett introduced two bills that would increase the requirements.[1] Senate Bill 204 would double the number of signatures needed to authorize a constitutional amendment.[2] A separate bill has been proposed to double the required number of signatures for a statutory initiative[1] . A number has not been assigned yet to the bill because it's in the drafting process.[3]

To authorize a constitutional amendment in Montana, signatures must be collected from 10 percent of the total number of voters who cast a ballot in the prior Governor's election.[4] For an initiated statute five percent is required.[4] A two-thirds vote in both houses of the Legislature, along with voter ratification, is needed to approve the proposals.[4]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Citizens in Charge, "Montana Senator Wants to Make Sure Initiatives Don’t Make Ballot" 21 Jan. 2011
  2. Montana Legislature, "Bill Information of SB 204 (2011)
  3. Montana Legislature, "History of Bill Draft #LC0928 (2011)"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 [Confirmed with Montana Secretary of State via phone on January 25, 2011. Representative with SOS said that the signature requirements based on electors in the gubernatorial election is correct]