Elections and Government Services Administrative Rules of Montana Business Services Notary and Certification Records and Information Management

Proposed 2010 Ballot Issues

A citizen proposed ballot issue can only appear on the 2010 general election ballot once the proposed language has fulfilled three requirements. First, the language must meet the requirements of the Montana’s Legislative Services Division. Second, the Montana Attorney General must conduct a legal review. Finally, after the review process is complete, and the sponsor has been notified by the Secretary of State of the approval or rejection of the ballot issue, the sponsor must collect signatures from qualified voters in Montana.

Initiative or referendum for the ballot - Signatures must be obtained from 5 percent of the total number of qualified voters in Montana, including 5 percent of the voters in each of 34 legislative house districts (a total of 24,337 signatures for the 2010 ballot).

Constitutional amendment by initiative - Signatures must be obtained from 10 percent of the total number of qualified voters in Montana, including 10 percent of the voters in each of 40 legislative house districts (a total of 48,674 signatures for the 2010 ballot).

If you observe and have concerns about questionable signature gathering, you may file a complaint with the Secretary of State, who will forward each complaint to the appropriate county official. See signature gathering information at http://sos.mt.gov/Elections/Ballot_Issues/index.asp.

The following proposals for ballot issues for the November 2, 2010, general election were submitted to the Secretary of State’s office:

Please Note: Ballot issue numbers listed below are assigned by the order in which they were received at the Office of the Montana Secretary of State. They do not reflect a ranking or how the initiative will be numbered if it is placed on the ballot.

Insufficient Signatures as of Final July 16 Deadline

The deadline for final submission by the counties of verified petition signatures was July 16, 2010.

Ballot Issue #4 CI-102 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Right to Life - Constitutionally define a "person" – Proposal #2
Sponsor: Dr. Annie Bukacek, Montana ProLife Coalition
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Status:  Insufficient signatures; 35,873 signatures, 23 of 40 qualified house districts.

Ballot Issue #7 I-160 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Prohibit recreational and commercial trapping of animals by private individuals on public lands
Sponsor: Timothy Provow, M.D., Footloose Montana
Type: Statutory amendment by initiative
Status:  Insufficient signatures; 22,471 signatures, 36 of 34 qualified house districts.

Ballot Issue #12 CI-103 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Amend the Montana Constitution to establish and fund the Older Montanans Trust Fund and restrict its use.
Sponsor: Pat Ludwig, Montana Silver Haired Legislature
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Status:  Insufficient signatures; 1,300 signatures, 0 of 40 qualified house districts.

Ballot Issue #16 I-162 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Private Property Rights Preservation Act
Sponsor: Charles Denowh
Type: Statutory amendment by initiative
Status:  Insufficient signatures; 0 signatures, 0 of 34 qualified house districts.

Ballot Issue #21 CI-104 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Inform Juries of the Right to Judge Law
Sponsor: Frank Kucera
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Status:  Insufficient signatures; 11 signatures, 0 of 40 qualified house districts.

Ballot Issue #22 CI-106 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Citizen Right to Summon Grand Juries by Petition
Sponsor: Duane Sipe
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Status:  Insufficient signatures; 0 signatures, 0 of 40 qualified house districts.

Ballot Issue #24 I-163 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Montana Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Drug Free Plan
Sponsor: Montana Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Status:  Insufficient signatures; 504 signatures, 0 of 34 qualified house districts.

Ballot Issue #26 I-165 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Repeal the Montana Medical Marijuana Act.
Sponsor: Cherrie Brady
Type: Statutory amendment by initiative
Status:  Insufficient signatures; 15,029 signatures, 21 of 34 qualified house districts.

Withdrawn

Ballot Issue #1 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Change how hunter access programs are funded
Sponsor: Kurt Kephart
Type: Statutory amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: May 15, 2009
Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor.

Ballot Issue #2 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Right to Life - Constitutionally define a "person"
Sponsor: Rick Jore
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: May 15, 2009
Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor.

Ballot Issue #3 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Right to Life - Constitutionally define a "person" – Proposal #1
Sponsor: Dr. Annie Bukacek, Montana ProLife Coalition
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: July 1, 2009
Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor.

Ballot Issue #5 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Right to Life - Constitutionally define a "person" – Proposal #3
Sponsor: Dr. Annie Bukacek, Montana ProLife Coalition
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: July 1, 2009
Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor.

Ballot Issue #10 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Amend the Montana Constitution to establish and fund the Older Montanans Trust Fund and restrict its use.
Sponsor: Pat Ludwig, Montana Silver Haired Legislature
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: August 14, 2009
Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor.

Ballot Issue #11 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Change how hunter access programs are funded
Sponsor: Kurt Kephart
Type: Statutory amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: September 14, 2009
Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor.

Ballot Issue #14 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Limit annual property tax increases
Sponsor: John McMenamin
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: September 30, 2009
Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor.

Ballot Issue #19 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Give juries the right to judge law
Sponsor: Frank Kucera
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: November 24, 2009
Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor.

Ballot Issue #23 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Restoring Montana’s state boundaries
Sponsor: Cathy Hackett
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: February 8, 2010
Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor.

Missed Final Deadline for Submission

Ballot Issue #6 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Invoke state sovereignty rights over public lands
Sponsor: Patty Lovaas
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: July 1, 2009
Status: Reviewed by Legislative Services Division; proposal determined to be not sufficiently complete
Next Step: Sponsor has option to submit sufficiently complete proposal for review

Ballot Issue #8 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Requiring government to pay fair-market value for property taken or damaged through eminent domain
Sponsor: Charles Denowh
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: July 31, 2009
Status: Reviewed by Legislative Services Division
Next Step: Sponsor has the opportunity to respond to Legislative Services Division’s recommendations for revisions.

Ballot Issue #9 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Formally recognize irrigation ditches as distinct from naturally-occurring waterways.
Sponsor: Charles Denowh
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: August 7, 2009
Status: Reviewed by Legislative Services Division
Next Step: Sponsor has the opportunity to respond to Legislative Services Division’s recommendations for revisions.

Ballot Issue #17 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Stricter DUI Laws
Sponsor: Eric Ayers
Type: Statutory amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: October 20, 2009
Status: Reviewed by Legislative Services Division; proposal determined to be not in compliance with bill drafting requirements.
Next Step: Sponsor may resubmit proposed ballot issue for review by Legislative Services Division.

Ballot Issue #18 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Citizen Ability to Summon Grand Juries by Petition
Sponsor: Duane Sipe
Type: Constitutional amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: November 9, 2009
Status: Secretary of State rejected due to inclusion of material not previously submitted to Legislative Services for review.
Next Step: Sponsor may submit modified ballot issue to the Secretary of State as a new proposed ballot issue.

Alternative Ballot Issue

Ballot Issue #15 (Status current as of 12/22/2014)
Subject: Stricter DUI Laws
Sponsor: Eric Ayers
Type: Statutory amendment by initiative
Received by SOS: October 1, 2009
Status: Reviewed by Legislative Services Division; proposal determined to be not in compliance with bill drafting requirements
Next Step: Sponsor submitted proposed Ballot Issue #17