ballot initiative

Idaho Supreme Court hears arguments in Reclaim Idaho ballot initiative case

BY: - June 29, 2021

One of the central questions in an Idaho Supreme Court hearing Tuesday morning was whether a new ballot initiative law places too severe a burden on Idahoans’ rights to bring a ballot initiative forward. Idaho Supreme Court justices spent almost 90 minutes hearing oral arguments over Zoom in the case of Reclaim Idaho’s lawsuit against […]

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State to review policies as Reclaim Idaho requests updated financial analysis of education ballot initiative

BY: - June 16, 2021

A newly revised financial analysis issued Wednesday found Reclaim Idaho’s updated education ballot initiative adheres to a new tax law the Legislature passed earlier this year.  Overall, the initiative would increase income taxes by $323.5 million beginning in the 2024 budget year. The Division of Financial Management issued the fiscal impact statement late Wednesday afternoon, […]

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Confusion surrounds state financial review of Reclaim Idaho ballot initiative

BY: - June 14, 2021

Officials with Reclaim Idaho have paused efforts to collect signatures for a new education funding ballot initiative as they await a new financial analysis of the initiative from the state. But new documents the Idaho Capital Sun obtained late Monday afternoon raise uncertainty about whether the state analyzed the most up-to-date version of Reclaim Idaho’s […]

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Reclaim Idaho can now gather signatures for a K-12 initiative. But there’s a catch.

BY: - June 11, 2021

Reclaim Idaho volunteers received the go-ahead from the state to begin collecting signatures on a new education funding initiative they hope to get on Idaho voters’ ballots in 2022. The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office presented Reclaim Idaho officials with the official ballot titles for the Quality Education Act, Reclaim Idaho co-founder Luke Mayville said […]

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Idaho Supreme Court takes up Reclaim Idaho’s case against law on voter initiatives

BY: - June 4, 2021

The Idaho Supreme Court will hear arguments this month over a new Idaho law that adds requirements for Idahoans to get voter initiatives on the ballot. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 29, a Tuesday. The Idaho Supreme Court will hold the hearing over Zoom and will live-stream it for the public. The […]

Reclaim Idaho files lawsuit over new ballot initiative law

BY: - May 7, 2021

Reclaim Idaho, the group behind the 2018 Medicaid expansion initiative, filed a lawsuit in Idaho Supreme Court on Friday attempting to strike down a new law they say makes it harder to bring a people’s ballot initiative forward. Another group comprising Idaho lawyers, The Committee to Protect and Preserve the Idaho Constitution, also has signed […]

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Public records show vast majority of constituents asked governor to veto initiatives bill

BY: - April 23, 2021

Gov. Brad Little received approximately 2,150 emails and 4,000 phone calls asking him to veto the bill that changes the requirements for gathering signatures to trigger a ballot initiative – a bill Little signed April 17. Per Idaho law, Little had five days from the time the bill was delivered to his desk to sign […]

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Idaho governor signs into law legislation to raise bar on ballot initiatives

BY: and - April 17, 2021

Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a bill that would change the requirements for gathering signatures to bring a ballot initiative forward to Idaho voters. Little confirmed he signed Senate Bill 1110 on Saturday in a letter to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who presides over the Idaho Senate. The bill requires organizers of a […]

Jim Jones stands in front of Gov. Brad Little's office before handing over a petition with 16,000 signatures calling on the governor to veto a bill expanding requirements for ballot initiatives.

Former chief justice delivers 16,000 signatures to governor’s office urging veto on initiative bill

BY: - April 8, 2021

A former chief justice of the Idaho Supreme Court delivered a petition with 16,000 signatures to Gov. Brad Little’s office asking that the governor veto a bill that would add more requirements for Idahoans to get an initiative on the ballot, according to a press release from Conservation Voters for Idaho. Senate Bill 1110, which […]

Idaho Legislature approves changes to initiative signature gathering requirements

BY: - April 7, 2021

The Idaho House on Wednesday sent a bill that would change the signature gathering requirements for citizen ballot initiatives to Gov. Brad Little’s desk for final consideration. If passed into law, Senate Bill 1110 would require organizers of a ballot initiative to collect signatures from 6% of voters in each of the state’s 35 legislative […]