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Ballot Proposal to Move Forward Without Formal Approval

Jun 23, 2017

This week a ballot proposal seeking to amend the state constitution to enact a part-time legislature was before the State Board of Canvassers for approval.  However, prior to the board taking a vote, Lt. Governor Brian Calley, who is the proposals lead proponent, voiced concerns that one of the four-members has a conflict of interest on the matter.  Given his concerns, the board was under the impression he was withdrawing his request for approval and adjourned without voting to approve or disapprove the ballot proposal’s language.  ““The board’s approval is not necessary under law; however, it can pose a risk to move forward collecting signatures without it.  If the backers of the proposal are successful in collecting the necessary signatures, they risk those signatures being invalid due to problems with the form of the language of the proposal they signed,” explained Tim Ward of MLC.

For a full recap of the Lt. Governor’s proposal, please click here to read our blog post on the proposed constitutional amendment. 

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