Idaho Gov. Little: No need to make ballot initiative process tougher

Idaho Governor Brad Little says he’s willing to consider updates to the state’s ballot initiative process, but doesn’t see a reason to make the action substantially more difficult.

The republican governor says his position hasn’t changed since he vetoed two bills earlier this year that would have made it much tougher to qualify an initiative for the ballot. Little believes the restrictions went too far and could prompt a lawsuit, allowing a federal judge to decide the state’s initiative process.

Opponents saw the restrictions as retaliation for last year’s Medicaid expansion initiative that passed with more than 60 percent voter approval.

Little says he’s heard speculation that lawmakers are planning to again bring ballot initiative restrictions during the 2020 legislative session, but so far no one has approached him. (AP, Lewiston Tribune)

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