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This year is on track to hold the record for number of statewide ballot issues. There will likely be 18 or 19.

I have listed them all on my website now and will assign them their amendment numbers as they are approved for the ballot over the next month.

Since I work for the Secy of State for the time being, I was not able to offer any analysis, but I have listed all of the ballot titles. You will have to research them on their own.

Here’s the URL: http://www.dan-willis.com/ball…

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ThillyWabbit says:

    Would you care to weigh in on that? I have found almost no information on it other than something from the League of Women Voters who says it’s basically to cover the city council’s back side by not forcing them to vote on initiatives.

    I voted against it because I tend to think we need more control over the initiative process not less control. But I really have no idea what the pros and cons are.

    • Jambalaya says:

      ..the Referendum would simply remove the council from the initiative process.  Right now, after citizens have gathered enough signatures to place an initiative on the ballot, the city council still has to vote to send it to the ballot (or else pass the initiative as an ordinance, which has never happened).  This is an empty formality which places a pointless roadblock in the way of citizens’ initiatives and forces the council members to vote “yes” on something that they may truly oppose.

      So, the referendum would make the city initiative process more like the state’s, in which the legislature has no role.

      Voting “no” on the Referendum won’t increase control over the initiative process.  Currently, the council has no power to stop the initiative from going forward, to try to do so would violate the charter.  So, keeping the status quo serves no purpose.

      • Dan Willis says:

        It gives the City Council an opportunity to save the city the money that would be spend having a vote in the case where it is likely to pass. The Council can pass it themselves (as long as it is only an ordinance).

        It also provides a public airing of the topic which is very rare for city initiatives. It allows the councilmembers who have strong feelings one way or the other abut the topic to express them. This may be the only guidance the voters get on the substance of the issue.

        I recomeend a “no” vote on 1A

        • Jambalaya says:

          The city council has an opportunity to “pass it themselves” regardless of whether it’s included in an initiative.  They can pass any ordinance they want to.  In any event the council has never passed such an initiative (in anyone’s memory)..which probably results from the fact that, if the council wanted the law, they’d already had proposed it.  They certainly don’t need to wait for a random petition drive.

          And city council members can still express their feelings on initiated measures regardless of whether they must vote on them in the form of a bill.  They bluster all day long about things in the form of silly resolutions…they can continue to do so even if the Referendum passes.

          • DonkeyEars says:

            Why force members of council to vote yes regardless of what they think?  The record becomes misleading, and the vote serves no procedural purpose.

            If 1a passes, we’d skip that meaningless vote and council could consider a resolution on any initiated measure to express what the members really think.  This year is a perfect example of the problem.  After voting 8-2 in favor of putting 100 on the ballot (with two members refusing their duty to place the measure on the ballot because of their intense opposition to the measure), council considered a resolution and voted 10-1 in opposition to 100.  Let’s just keep that second step, should council choose to weigh in.

  2. One Queer Dude says:

    On “L” through “N,” vote “Yes”

    On “O” vote “Yes, enthusiatically!”  

    On 46 through 49, “No”

  3. PitStop says:

    I thought there was another one called Just Cause that would stop your boss from firing you for no reason.

    • Dan Willis says:

      There are several pro-labor and anti-labor issues that received ballot titles and gotten petition formats approved (hte final steps before actually getting signatures), but not all of them actually went out and got signatures.

      If another comes in that is not on my list I will of course add it. Monday is the deadline so we know for sure who is submitting at that time. The ones included on my list are the ones who have actually scheduled a time to submit to the SoS (or in a handful of case already submitted)

  4. So many things to choose from.

    Voting “YES” on all the Referendums is an easy choice.  And I’ll recommend “O” to my friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and strangers passing me in the streets.

    All of the currently approved Initiatives (Amendments) are all easy “NO” votes for me.

    Of the Proposals, there are too many to go through right now.  “1” (gambling changes) is a definite “NO” for reasons I’ve stated here before.

    • Dan Willis says:

      It now reflects the ballot issues that actually submitted petitions and the order in which they will appear assuming they make it on the ballot.

      Based the numbers given to the media by each of the proponents, it sounds like they should all make it on, barring any court actions to the contrary.  

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