Wyoming

Wyoming

Wyoming’s law banning initiative campaigns from paying petition circulators according to the number of signatures they gather is facing legislative repeal. This week, the Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee in the state senate voted to pass the repeal legislation, Senate File 35, unanimously.

The 62nd Wyoming Legislature is finished, but the contention over Senate File 104 has yet to subside.

The Wyoming Constitution Party is spearheading an initiative to repeal the bill that stripped state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill of the majority of her power.

After canvassing the state last week, party Chairwoman Jennifer Young received enough signatures to begin petitioning for a referendum to repeal the controversial legislation. The referendum would go on the next general election ballot in 2014.

Read more: Wyoming Star Tribune

Some Wyoming residents have begun an effort to repeal a new state law that removes many duties from the state superintendent of public instruction.

Organizers of the statewide petition drive want to get enough signatures to put Senate File 104 n known as the “Hill bill” n on the general election ballot in November 2014.

Gov. Matt Mead signed the bill into law. The measure replaces current State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill with a director appointed by the governor. Jim Rose has been appointed as interim director, and a permanent director must be appointed by Dec. 1 from three names submitted to the governor by the State Board of Education.

Last week Citizens in Charge Foundation - a partner organization to Citizens in Charge - sent a letter to Secretaries of State and Attorneys General in 12 states asking them to stop enforcing unconstitutional restrictions on ballot initiative rights. In light of recent legal action in which Kansas officials agreed with petition advocates that the state’s law against petition circulators from other states was unconstitutional, Foundation President Paul Jacob asked officials to “do the right thing” and stop enforcing similar

Of the 45 states whose legislatures hold sessions in 2010, 27 of them have adjourned for the year, and 5 more will wrap up before the end of the month. Of the more than 80 bills dealing with the initiative and referendum process in various states, 51 of them would have reduced citizens’ initiative rights. Thanks to the work of activists in our coalitions, only 3 bills reducing citizen’s rights have passed and become law.

Pay-Per-Signature Bans

Thu, Sep 17 by Anonymous

Several states –including Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming – ban or restrict paying people who collect signatures on a ballot initiative, referendum or recall petition based on the number of signatures they collect. Payment-per-signature allows citizens greater certainty in judging the cost of a petition effort. Moreover, in states that have passed such bans, the cost of successfully completing a petition drive has risen considerably, sometimes more than doubling.

For some 140 years, Wyoming’s largest county has been run by the three-member board known as the Sweetwater County Commission. Come the fall of 2010, there could be four vacant commission seats up for election if a group of area residents get their wish. A group of non-partisan residents have been working for months on a petition drive that aims to let voters decide if the commission should be expanded from three members to five. The group spearheading the petition drive is asking that a special election be scheduled for Nov. 3 to decide the issue.

Area residents are collecting signatures on a petition to place protecting natural resources and wildlife as a top priority in the County Comprehensive Plan. Petitions are located at several local businesses, and petitioners plan to turn in the petition at the June 11 town meeting.

Read the story from the Jackson Hole News & Guide

Wyoming’s initiative and referendum pioneer was State Rep. L. C.
Tidball of Sheridan. In the early 1890s Tidball was one of the first state
legislators in the nation - possibly the very first - to introduce a bill to
amend a state constitution to provide for statewide I&R.

Ballot Qualifications & Schedule

Mon, Feb 16 by Anonymous

Date Initiative language can be submitted: Anytime

Signatures are tied to vote of which office: Number of votes cast in last
general election.

Next general election: 2010

Number of votes cast in last general election (2008): 256,035

Net number of signatures required: 15% of all votes cast in the last general
election (38,406)

Distribution Requirement: 15% of votes cast in at least 2/3 of the counties.

You have a statutory Initiative & Referendum process. Citizens can pass laws they write or suspend a statute passed by the Legislature by collecting enough petition signatures to place the statute on the statewide ballot for a decision by the voters. Unfortunately, voters do not yet enjoy any process for passing a constitutional amendment by Initiative.

Poll:

See the results of a poll on support for statewide initiative & referendum here.

History

Mon, Feb 16 by Anonymous

Wyoming’s initiative and referendum pioneer was State Rep. L. C.
Tidball of Sheridan. In the early 1890s Tidball was one of the first state
legislators in the nation - possibly the very first - to introduce a bill to
amend a state constitution to provide for statewide I&R.

Grade

Mon, Feb 16 by Anonymous

State Balloting Process

Mon, Feb 16 by Anonymous

The application must be filed with the Secretary of
State. A fee of $500 must accompany the application. After the
application is filed, the Secretary of State will hold a conference with the
sponsors to discuss problems with the format or contents, fiscal impact to
the state, and the initiative amendment process. The sponsor may then
amend the initiative language. If the proposed bill will not be amended
the committee of sponsors shall submit the names, signatures, addresses
and the date of signing of one hundred (100) qualified electors to act as

State Rep. Allen Treadaway, R-51st, announced last week in a press release that he will file a bill prior to the 2009 legislative session that will provide for a recall process to remove elected officials at the state and county levels.

Under current Alabama law, only municipal officials are subject to recall.

“Accountability by elected officials to the taxpayers is the key to good government,” Treadaway said.