During the Idaho legislative session, the legislature passed Senate Bill 1110.
The bill changed ballot initiative requirements so that signatures for initiatives must be gathered from all 35 legislative districts. Reclaim Idaho filed a lawsuit to stop the new legislation, which went into effect immediately after Governor Brad Little signed the bill into law.
Last week, the Idaho Supreme Court scheduled a hearing to hear the case. Citizens will be able to watch the “Oral Arguments” on June 29 at 10:00 a.m. MST.
Reclaim Idaho has said the new law is unconstitutional and had promised a challenge to the law after its passage.
In a Twitter post last week, Reclaim praised the Supreme Court for quickly taking up the case. Here is what the group said on Twitter:
The initiative process has been the guaranteed right of Idaho citizens for over 100 years. For the thousands of Idahoans who are paying close attention, it is a great relief to know that the Idaho Supreme Court understands the urgency of this issue.
The Idaho Attorney General’s office will be defending the law. In addition to their office, the Idaho legislature has hired its own private attorneys to help defend the law as well.
Senator Steve Vick (R-Dalton Gardens) was the law’s primary sponsor during the legislative session and said during hearings that the law was needed to make sure rural voters had a voice in the ballot initiative process.
Opponents have argued that the law is unconstitutional and would make ballot initiatives nearly impossible.
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