Business interests from the forestry industry submitted a proposed ordinance to the commissioners that would allow them to block any citizen ballot initiative
that the commissioners decide is not "of county concern" before people have a chance to vote on it.
Despite their legislative function, ballot initiatives
, SUBJECT MATTER RESTRICTIONS, AND THE CIRCUIT SPLIT ON WHETHER AND HOW RESTRICTIONS IMPLICATE THE FIRST AMENDMENT
Should development of Donlin Creek, which includes Barrick Gold as a 50 percent partner, be blocked due to the water ballot initiatives
, a significant economic opportunity for the region would be mired in lawsuits or would simply dry up and disappear.
Meanwhile, a host of well-funded ultraconservative groups and foundations are pouring money into ad campaigns and ballot initiatives
in a massive effort to wreck public education and undermine church-state separation.
The San Manuel Band alone spent $25 million on a single ballot initiative
, more than $300,000 for each of its 85 members.
The Northeast had the most ballot initiatives
(111) and the highest rate of approval (86 percent)).
Proposition 211 prompted the costliest campaign ever over a California ballot initiative
Even though other antigay ballot initiatives
in recent years were defeated by voters, the tact that they made it onto the ballot was a telling sign, he says.
The judge agreed with Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly, who had earlier ruled that putting the question on the ballot would violate another provision of the state constitution that bans ballot initiatives
relating to "religion, religious practices or religious institutions.
Because of the District's charter, the federal government retains the ability to overturn ballot initiatives
and is expected to do so in this case.