Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Idaho Dems Lash Out at Referendum-Limiting Effort As 'Ignoring Will of the People'

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Pushing back against a Republican-backed measure to limit the number of initiatives or referendums put before Gem State voters, Idaho Democratic leadership this morning "urged citizens to help stop Senate Bill 1108."

"This bill is part of a troubling trend that makes it easier for lawmakers and government officials to ignore the will of the people," said Ketchum Democrat Sen. Michelle Stennett, Senate minority leader.

In particular, Democrats criticized SB 1108 as an end-run around what occurred in November 2012, when Idaho voters rejected the so-called Luna Laws, turning down Propositions 1, 2 and 3 that were the pillars of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's Student Come First Initiatives.

“Last November, 370,000 Idahoans rejected the top-down education mandates commonly known as the Luna Laws,” said Boise Democrat Sen. Elliot Werk, Senate assistant minority leader. “Idaho Democrats heard the message: Idahoans value their children’s futures.”

SB 1108 currently waits in the wings to be considered by the Senate State Affairs Committee.

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