As of today, February 28, the Tuesday Count crawled up by two more ballot measures.
We are now up to 68 proposals. A new state has also jumped into the mix as momentum is picking up for ballot question certifications.
Colorado is the new addition to the states with measures on the ballot, as persistent efforts to put marijuana legalization up for public vote came to fruition.
The proposal will be on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would legalize
marijuana in the state, asking whether or not to legalize the use and possession of, at most, an ounce of marijuana for residents who are 21 and older.
The road was bumpy for organizers of the effort, as the initiative was filed eight different times with the Colorado Attorney General around the date of May 20, 2011, hoping for circulation approval of one of them.
The proposal was filed multiple times, with some differences, in order increase the chances of passing the Title Setting Review Board, and allowing for circulation of petitions.
Supporters submitted more than 155,000 signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State‘s office on January 4, but on February 3, the Colorado Secretary of State announced that the initiative effort had fallen short about 2,500 signatures.
Sponsors then had until February 15 to submit the additional signatures required to make the ballot.
Petitions with the additional signatures were then turned in around that date.
On February 27, the Colorado Secretary of State verified the signatures, placing the measure on the 2012 ballot.
A similar measure was on the 2006 ballot in the state, where it was defeated.
Since 2008, a grand total of 30 statewide ballot measures relating to the issue of marijuana have been proposed for or have been on the ballot in 15 states.
The last statewide vote on marijuana to take place was on Arizona’s Proposition 203, which was approved.
The second of the pair of ballot certifications comes from California, which dives into the ever-present issue of legislative redistricting.
The measure is an attempt to use California‘s veto referendum process to nullify the California State Senate redistricting plan approved by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Sponsors of the initiative needed to collect 504,760 signatures by November 13, 2011 to qualify the measure for the ballot. Its supporters turned in 710,924 signatures in 57 of California’s 58 counties by the deadline.
On February 24 the California Secretary of State‘s office announced that the measure had qualified for the ballot.
In other state legislature-related ballot measure news, Nebraska and South Carolina lawmakers saw ballot proposals introduced recently about term limits for state legislators. However, one state proposal deals with expanding term limits, while two others are about shrinking them.
The latter two proposals were found in South Carolina, where one measure would ask if State Representatives‘ terms should be at most eight two-year terms, while the other would ask if State Senators‘ terms should be at most four four-year terms.
According to reports, the measure was introduced by State Representative Bakari Sellers.
A legislatively-referred amendment can go on the ballot if approved by a 2/3rds vote of each house of the South Carolina State Legislature.
In Nebraska, the proposed term limit amendment would raise state
legislative term limits to three consecutive terms, whereas the current limit is two. The proposal was introduced by state Senator Tom Carlson.
In order to qualify a proposed measure to the statewide ballot, 60% of the members of the Nebraska State Legislature must vote in approval.
On Thursday, February 23, the state legislature passed the amendment through it’s first round of debate on a 30-12 vote.