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I am writing to provide an update on the CB58-2008 referendum petition drive that started last November after the Howard County Maryland Council approved a 300% zoning increase for the size of grocery stores in Turf Valley.You may recall that citizens gathered over 9,300 signatures to place this legislation on the ballot for voters to decide in the 2010 election.

The Kenai city council has approved $15,000 in taxpayer funds to fight an initiative placed on the ballot by city residents. Residents of the MAPS subdivision collected signatures to call a referendum on an ordinance that changed zoning laws to allow for increased development in their neighborhood.

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The Florida Supreme Court struck down a law that allowed voters to revoke their signatures from petitions that the already signed. The ruling comes in a suit filed by supporters of the Florida Hometown Democracy Initiative, which had seen over 13,000 petition signatures revoked. Justices made the ruling Wednesday but will issue their full opinion at a later date.

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The Florida Supreme Court ruled yesterday to strike down a law allowing voters to revoke their signatures after they sign a petition. The case against the law was filed by supporters of the Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment.

A group of Missoula, MT citizens has begun a petition against proposed zoning changes in the city. The changes would allow for more development and higher density.

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The developer of a project to turn the former Navy Yard at Alameda Point into a housing development has began a petition drive for a measure that would increase the density limit for the area. Current Alameda law prohibits structures larger than a duplex, but developers would like to put in higher density units. A group of local citizens has already formed to oppose the measure.

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A group of Mendocino county residents will take the construction of a shopping mall directly to voters after failing to get a zoning approval from the county Board of Supervisors. Proponents must collect 3,083 valid signatures to put the matter on the June 2010 ballot.

Read the story from the Ukiah Daily Journal