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Sen. Curt McKenzie

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 12:00 am

The Idaho Farm Bureau and Nampa Sen. Curt McKenzie are afraid it’s too easy for initiatives and referendums to get on Idaho ballots without broad state support. So McKenzie introduced a bill in the Idaho Legislature that would require signatures from 6 percent of eligible voters in 22 of the state’s 35 legislative districts before those measures could qualify for a statewide vote.

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  • JAIreland posted at 12:05 am on Wed, Jan 30, 2013.

    JAIreland Posts: 558

    The ag business gets something through the Idaho legislature that screws non-ag residents of Idaho every year. Will this year be any different?

    I doubt it. I was reading about Speaker Bedke's recent trip to Texas where he was instructed how to be a Speaker and drive the agenda and keep the people in line the way former Speaker Bruce Newcomb did with term limits.

  • tydanmd1 posted at 12:07 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    tydanmd1 Posts: 55

    One party system and limiting the people's voice. Sound like a really good Beatles song, "Back in the USSR".

  • pow posted at 11:45 am on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    pow Posts: 25

    This just shows the blatant disrgard of these legislators have for what the people of Idaho want its all about protecting their contibutors interest. Lets just lobby all our rights away in this state we call home.

  • unitsdad posted at 10:23 pm on Sun, Jan 27, 2013.

    unitsdad Posts: 446

    This is special interest at its worst. McKenzie needs to remember who re-elected him and it wasn't lobbyists from the farm bureau or anyone else.

  • ThinkForYourself posted at 2:00 pm on Sun, Jan 27, 2013.

    ThinkForYourself Posts: 19

    Good Senator, Bad legislation. I have followed Sen. McKenzie for years, and I have witnessed careful, thoughtful consideration of many bills. This bill, effectively, limits the public's access to participate in government. I think we can all agree that this is a terrible idea. I can see the benefit for the Farm Bureau. Instead of spending time and resources to educate voters of what they consider a bad bill (if an initiative made the ballot), they simply want to make it harder or impossible to introduce an initiative at all. This saves the Farm Bureau money, but at the cost of voter access to the system.

    We just saw this fall that initiatives are important: an initiative brought under the current system requirements won an overwhelming majority, and voted down Props 1,2 &3. Any move to limit voters' voices should be met with the most strenuous objection of Idaho constituents.

  • SJVandal posted at 12:14 pm on Sun, Jan 27, 2013.

    SJVandal Posts: 25

    I understand the reasoning, but if he wants to add the 22 of 35 district restriction then the % of total voters should be lowered to 3-4 %.

  • Hubert posted at 7:07 am on Sun, Jan 27, 2013.

    Hubert Posts: 522

    While Sen. McKenzie may have introduced this bill to please his handlers and preserve his A+ rating with the Farm Bureau it is special interest legislation with a cavalier disregard to the effect it will have on other concerns of the public. It is pointed out that similar legislation has already been declared unconstitutional and as a lawyer the good Senator would be well aware of this. Poorly thought out this legislation deserves to be in Sen. McKezies desk drawer not wasting time with legislative debate. S.1026 if you want to express yourself



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