Here’s yet another attack on the ability of the people to petition government.

The House today easily passed SB 698 to require that sponsors of petition-initiated ballot issues reimburse the secretary of state for the cost of publishing the proposals in newspapers in every county before an election There doesn’t appear to be a way to get the job done cheaply by Internet.

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This could be an obstacle for a true grassroots movement.

Add this to House Speaker Jeremy Gillam’s proposed constitutional amendment, to get a final vote in the Senate Thursday, that would place new and almost impossible standards for popularly initiated ballot issues. The legislature would have slightly stricter voting standards (two-thirds) to put amendments. This is all part of the legislative and corporate takeover of three-branch government in a state that has the increasingly outdated motto, Regnat Populus.

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