Monday, July 19, 2010

Three ballot measures make November ballot

Posted By on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch announced today three ballot proposals garnered enough signatures to qualify for the upcoming November general election. They include:

• I-161, which proposes changing how hunter access programs are funded. If voters approve the measure, it would abolish outfitter-sponsored nonresident licenses and nix the requirement that licensed outfitters supervise hunts conducted by out-of-state clients. It would also increase the cost of a nonresident big game license 43 percent and a combination deer license by 61 percent. Opponents of the initiative claim the signatures were gathered illegally.

• I-164, known as the “payday loan initiative.” The measure proposes limiting the annual interest, fees and charges certain lenders may charge on loans to 36 percent.

• CI-105, which would amend the Montana Constitution to prohibit creating a new tax on the sale or transfer of property in the state.

Noticeably absent from the list is I-160, an initiative to ban trapping on public lands, and the so-called "Personhood Amendment," or CI-102.

“Out of 26 proposed ballot measures, three have successfully met the requirements needed to qualify for the November ballot,” McCulloch said in a release. “Even after we tabulate the remaining signatures, none of the other ballot issues will have enough signatures to qualify.”

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