Idaho: Senate backs making ballot measures tougher

Tue, Mar 12 2013 — Source: The Spokesman-Review

The Idaho Senate voted today to make it tougher for initiatives or referenda to qualify for the state’s ballot, while saying repeatedly that the move had nothing to do with the successful repeal of “Students Come First” legislation in November.

Under SB 1108, measures wouldn’t qualify unless they had signatures from 6 percent of the voters in each of 18 of Idaho’s 35 legislative districts, rather than just 6 percent statewide, as current law requires. It passed the Idaho Senate on a 25-10 vote; the bill now moves to the House.

“This allows rural Idaho to participate in this process,” said Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton.