I-517 – Initiative and referendum protection
Update: Nov. 5, 2013 – voters rejected the initiative 63% to 38%
I-517 would establish various protections for persons who are gathering signatures or those signing the initiatives or referendums. The initiative would create penalties for those who interfere with these persons. It also makes signature gathering a legally protected activity on all public sidewalks and walkways. The initiative also extends the time for signature gathering from 10 to 16 months. Additionally, I-517 would require all initiatives, state and local, that have sufficient signatures go to the voters even if there is a subsequent legal challenge.
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