A key part protecting voters and progressive values from corruption in Pierre (not to mention fascism in the White House) is ballot initiatives.
Our Republican legislators sense that voter power and are doing everything they can to quash it with a multitude of bills weakening our power to make laws ourselves.
Thus I suggest a state constitutional amendment, the “Don’t Mess with Us!” Amendment, to protect initiative and referendum from the predations of our overreaching Legislature.
My proposal adds four major protections to initiative and referendum, the first two borrowed from Doug Kronaizl’s 2015 proposal:
- Allow citizens to refer bills passed with emergency clauses.
- Require a two-thirds vote by both chambers to repeal or amend a voter-approved initiated law.
- Require all statutory changes to initiative and referendum process (petition/signature requirements, enactment date, etc.) to be referred to a public vote and approved by a majority of the electors of the state.
- Change the Article 23 Section 1 signature requirement for amendment petitions from “at least ten percent” of the last gubernatorial vote to “no more than ten percent….”
I invite your input on this pro-democracy, anti-Legislative-overreach proposal.