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No citizen initiatives qualify for the Nevada 2010 ballot (updated)

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June 15, 2010

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By Leslie Graves

June 15 was the signature-filing deadline for initiated constitutional amendments in Nevada and no initiative sponsor filed signatures. The last set of initiative sponsors to throw in the towel were behind the proposed Nevada Mining Tax Measure (2010). They collected about 66,000 signatures, while they would have had to submit a minimum of 97,002 valid signatures by the June 15 deadline. [1]

Eleven initiatives sponsored by citizens were put forward at one time or another as possible candidates for Nevada's 2010 ballot, but none of them submitted signatures by either of Nevada's two petition drive deadlines for the 2010 ballot. The signature filing deadline for initiated state statutes was thirty (30) days prior to the start of the 2010 state legislative session.[2]

The Nevada State Legislature, on the other hand, has referred four measures to the fall ballot.

According to Joel Hansen, an attorney in Las Vegas, the Nevada legislature has deliberately acted to thwart the citizen initiative process by imposing burdensome restrictions: "They don’t want the people to have this input. They have been hostile to the process....The right of ordinary people to do this has essentially been destroyed by the Legislature's burdensome requirements."[3]

Signature deadlines are still in the future in 12 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington.

Nevada joins four other states (Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi and Utah) where the petition drive deadline for 2010 has passed with no signatures submitted.

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