New Montana ballot proposal filed
The effort to place the measure on the ballot is being led by Stevensville, Montana resident Duane A Sipe. The Secretary of State's Office received the proposed ballot measure on November 9, 2009. Sipe is proposing an amendment that would allow citizens to convene special investigative juries in their counties, not just judges. The proposed amendment would allow .5 percent of registered voters in a county to sign a petition that would subsequently summon an 11 person jury. According to Sipe's proposed amendment, any indictment brought by 8 of those jurors would have to be prosectued by the county's attorney.
If the measure clears a review by the Secretary of State's office, Sipe will then have to collect 48,000 signatures from registered voters in Montana in order to place the measure on the ballot.