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Issue Position: Improving the Citizen Petition Process

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This is an issue I campaigned on. I said I would pursue strategies to protect the citizen's right to petition, while simultaneously encouraging statutory rather than constitutional ballot proposals. We must insure that citizens understand the ballot and the consequences of their votes. Speaker Terrance Carroll and I were the Prime Co-sponsors of HB 09-1326 that will improve the initiative process. My major contribution to our bill was to change the language on future ballots. As a result, we will now clearly label issues as "amendments" or as statutory changes called "propositions." Our democracy only works when our citizens understand what they are voting on and what the consequences of those votes will be.

I have and will also continue to work on improvements to the Blue Book (The pamphlet you receive from the state prior to each election.) and the design of our ballots.

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