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Bill would reverse ballot issue requirements created in 2021 session

Proponents ranging from a former Supreme Court justice to the co-sponsor of a proposal to cap property taxes argued the 2021 Legislature adopted unconstitutional hurdles to the initiative process

Arren Kimbel-Sannit

Montana Free Press

A Republican lawmaker and a group of unlikely bedfellows from across the political spectrum are working to repeal language passed last session that erected additional hurdles to getting an issue placed on the ballot, arguing that the law runs afoul of the Montana Constitution.

Senate Bill 153, sponsored by Sen. Brad Molnar, R-Laurel, would reverse 2021’s House Bill 651, a bill passed in the latter days of the last session that expanded the Legislature and state attorney general’s role in reviewing proposed statutory and constitutional ballot initiatives b...


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