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SENATE BILL NO. 498
INTRODUCED BY L. GROSFIELD
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT SUBMITTING TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF MONTANA AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III, SECTION 7, AND ARTICLE XIV, SECTION 9, OF THE MONTANA CONSTITUTION TO CHANGE THE DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTORS WHO MUST PETITION TO HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PLACED ON THE BALLOT FROM AT LEAST 10 PERCENT IN TWO-FIFTHS OF THE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS TO AT LEAST 10 PERCENT IN ONE-HALF OF THE COUNTIES AND TO CHANGE THE BASIS FOR DETERMINING THE NUMBER OF QUALIFIED ELECTORS FROM THOSE ELECTORS IN A LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT LAST VOTING FOR GOVERNOR TO THOSE ELECTORS IN A COUNTY LAST VOTING FOR GOVERNOR."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Article III, section 7, of The Constitution of the State of Montana is amended to read:
"Section 7. Number of electors. The number of qualified electors required in each legislative representative district and in the state shall be determined by the number of votes cast for the office of governor in the preceding general election. For the purposes of a constitutional amendment, the number of qualified electors in each county and in the state shall be determined by the number of votes cast for the office of governor in the preceding general election."
Section 2. Article XIV, section 9, of The Constitution of the State of Montana is amended to read:
"Section 9. Amendment by initiative. (1) The people may also propose constitutional amendments by initiative.
Petitions including the full text of the proposed amendment shall be signed by at least ten percent of the qualified electors
of the state. That number shall include at least ten percent of the qualified electors in
each of two-fifths one-half of the
legislative districts counties.
(2) The petitions shall be filed with the secretary of state. If the petitions are found to have been signed by the required number of electors, the secretary of state shall cause the amendment to be published as provided by law twice each month for two months previous to the next regular state-wide election.
(3) At that election, the proposed amendment shall be submitted to the qualified electors for approval or rejection. If approved by a majority voting thereon, it shall become a part of the constitution effective the first day of July following its approval, unless the amendment provides otherwise."
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Submission to electorate. The amendment set forth in sections 1 and 2 shall be submitted to the qualified electors of Montana at the general election to be held in November 2000 by printing on the ballot the full title of this act and the following:
changing the distribution of the minimum number of electors who must petition for placement of a constitutional
amendment on the ballot REQUIRING THAT SIGNATURES BE GATHERED IN ONE-HALF OF THE COUNTIES
RATHER THAN TWO-FIFTHS OF LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVES.
changing the distribution of the minimum number of electors who must petition for placement of a
constitutional amendment on the ballot REQUIRING THAT SIGNATURES BE GATHERED IN ONE-HALF OF THE
COUNTIES RATHER THAN TWO-FIFTHS OF LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVES.
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