Senate Bill 1150 — Initiative, petitions, out of state

Senate Bill 1150 — Initiative, petitions, out of state

by
Parrish Miller
March 1, 2021
Parrish Miller
March 1, 2021

Bill Description: Senate Bill 1150 would require those gathering signatures for ballot initiatives and referendums to collect those signatures in Idaho.

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Amendment Analysis: The amendment to Senate Bill 1150 adds the following language, but it does not change the rating: "The provisions of this section requiring physical presence within the state of Idaho to circulate or sign a ballot petition do not apply to a registered Idaho voter who is a military member deployed outside the state of Idaho or to a registered Idaho voter serving as a missionary outside the state of Idaho."

Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the U.S. Constitution or the Idaho Constitution? Examples include restrictions on speech, public assembly, the press, privacy, private property, or firearms. Conversely, does it restore or uphold the protections guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution or the Idaho Constitution?

Senate Bill 1150 amends Section 34-1807, Idaho Code, to say, "No petition for an initiative or referendum may be circulated outside of the state of Idaho, and all petition signers must be physically located in the state of Idaho at the time of signing."

The bill also adds subsection (5) to read, "Any petition circulated outside of the state of Idaho upon which signatures are obtained by signers not physically located in the state of Idaho at the time of signing shall be void."

By ensuring that initiative and referendum petitions cannot be circulated or signed outside of Idaho, Senate Bill 1150 helps to secure the integrity of Idaho's electoral process from outside influences.

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