Proposed 2020 Ballot Issues

A citizen proposed ballot issue can only appear on the federal general election ballot once the proposed language has fulfilled three requirements. First, the language must be submitted to Montana’s Legislative Services Division. Second, the Montana Attorney General must conduct a legal review. Finally, after the review process is complete, and the sponsor has been notified by the Secretary of State of the approval or rejection of the ballot issue, the sponsor must collect sufficient verified signatures from qualified voters in Montana. Propose a ballot issue »

Initiative or referendum for the ballot – Signatures must be obtained from 5 percent of the total number of qualified voters in Montana (based on the number of votes cast for the office of governor in the last general election), including 5 percent of the voters in each of 34 legislative house districts.

Constitutional amendment by initiative – Signatures must be obtained from 10 percent of the total number of qualified voters in Montana (based on the number of votes cast for the office of governor in the last general election), including 10 percent of the voters in each of 40 legislative house districts.

If you observe and have concerns about questionable signature gathering, you may file a complaint with the Secretary of State, who will forward each complaint to the appropriate county official. See signature gathering information »

LR-130 (HB 357)

Subject:  Revise concealed carry laws.
Type: Legislative Referendum
Status: Legislature referred HB 357 to the 2020 General Election Ballot.

C-46 (HB 244)

Subject: Constitutional amendment to change constitutional amendment signature requirements.
Type: Constitutional Amendment
Status: Legislature referred HB 244 to the 2020 General Election Ballot.

C-47 (HB 245)

Subject: Constitutional amendment to revise initiative signature requirements.
Type: Constitutional Amendment
Status: Legislature referred HB 245 to the 2020 General Election Ballot.

2020 ALL SUBMITTED BALLOT ISSUES STATUS

Ballot Issue #1
Subject: Generally revise energy and taxation laws to require investor-owned electric utilities to procure more renewable electricity from sources like wind and solar, gradually equaling an 80% of sales by 2035.
Type: Initiative
Submission #1: 11/6/18 – Withdrawn 4/5/19
Submission #2: 4/5/19 – Additional information submitted 5/9/19
Status: SOS review before submission to Attorney General.
Submitter: Russ Doty on behalf of Rev. Ken Crouch and Karen Stears

Ballot Issue #2
Subject: Revise and amend election law by ending state recognition of political parties and Primary elections by implementing ranked choice voting in the State of Montana.
Type: Initiative
Submission #1: 12/1/18
Status: Waiting on submitter response to Legislative Services correspondence.
Submitter: Steven Hurin

Ballot Issue #3
Subject: Insert new statute at MCA 25-1-112 New Section.  Requirement of Equal Procedures for Government and Private Parties.  In all state court proceedings, the time limits, filing privileges and filing deadlines for government lawyers, agencies and officials shall be equal to the time limits, filing privileges and filing deadlines for nongovernment parties and participants.  Government prosecutors and lawyers must pay the same court filing fees as nongovernmental parties.
Type: Initiative
Submission #1: 5/5/19
Status: Waiting on submitter response to Legislative Services correspondence.
Submitter: Roger Roots

Ballot Issue #4
Subject: Establish a Vehicular Manslaughter statute.
Type: Initiative
Submission #1: 5/29/19
Status: Waiting on submitter response to Legislative Services correspondence.
Submitter: Morgen E. Hunt

Ballot Issue #5
Subject:  Marijuana Regulation Act.  “An act legalizing and regulating the use of marijuana; establishing duties of the department of revenue; revising criminal laws related to marijuana; creating a special revenue fund; providing penalties; establishing a tax on marijuana sales; providing definitions; providing for distribution of revenue from the marijuana tax to various state programs and local government entities; allowing certain municipalities, counties, and consolidated city-county governments by a vote of the electorate to adopt a local option tax on marijuana; providing a statutory appropriation for distribution of a portion of the tax to local government entities; providing rulemaking authority; amending sections and providing an immediate effective date.”
Type: Initiative
Submission #1: 6/28/19
Status: Waiting on submitter response to Legislative Services correspondence.
Submitter:  Erica Siate

Ballot Issue #6
Subject:  A proposed Ballot Initiative for an act entitled: “The Driverless Vehicle Initiative”.  Recognize the lawfulness of driverless vehicles on Montana roadways and recognize the right of Montanans to travel, and direct their travel without government permission or license.  Allow computer aided driverless vehicles to be operated and used upon Montana highways and roadways without government permission or registration.
Type: Initiative
Submission #1:  Received on 7/3/19
Status: Waiting on submitter response to Legislative Services correspondence.
Submitter:  John Lamb

Montana Secretary of State – Corey Stapleton
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