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VICTORY! Idaho Republican legislators’ latest effort to sabotage the initiative process fails

Excerpt: An attempt to approve Senate Joint Resolution 101 -- dubbed the "Silence the Voters Amendment" by critics -- fell eight votes short on March 30th, 2023, which means the proposed constitutional change won't be sent to Idaho voters. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hearing on SB 5375 turns into The Pam Roach Show — with special guest Tim Eyman

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day morn­ing, as some read­ers may have heard on Twit­ter, I made a spe­cial trip down to Olympia with the inten­tion of tes­ti­fy­ing in favor of Sen­ate Bill 5375, one of the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute’s pri­or­i­ty bills for this session. I was hop­ing to be able to explain to the Sen­ate Gov­ern­ment Oper­a­tions and Secu­ri­ty […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Open Government, Policy Topics
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SB 5375 would bring needed accountability to Washington’s signature gathering industry

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: The fol­low­ing are the remarks I pre­pared as the basis for my spo­ken tes­ti­mo­ny in favor of SB 5375. This bill was sup­posed to be heard by the Sen­ate Gov­ern­ment Oper­a­tions and Secu­ri­ty Com­mit­tee today. I nev­er got a chance to tes­ti­fy in favor of SB 5375 because com­mit­tee chair Pam Roach refused […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Proposed constitutional amendment to thwart unfunded mandates should be discarded

Excerpt: On Wednes­day of this week, Repub­li­can State Sen­a­tor Joe Fain intro­duced a new con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment intend­ed to pre­vent the peo­ple of Wash­ing­ton from propos­ing and pass­ing any more ini­tia­tives that the attor­ney gen­er­al’s office deems to be an unfund­ed man­date. The amend­ment, which is offi­cial­ly known as Sen­ate Joint Res­o­lu­tion (SJR) 8201, has an impres­sive […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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