WPR News
11:06 am
Mon January 15, 2007

Legislature Looks At Law On Petitions

Cheyenne, Wy – Two proposed constitutional amendments in
the Legislature seek to change Wyoming's petitioning law.
Currently sponsors of statewide ballot initiatives need 15
percent of the signatures of registered voters in each of
two-thirds of Wyoming's counties.
In other states judges have thrown out the geographical
requirement. So state Representative Kermit Brown is sponsoring a
bill that would change the geographical requirement from two-thirds
of the state's 23 counties to two-thirds of the state's 30 senate
districts.
Brown points out that senate districts have even populations.
But state Senator Jayne Mockler says that doesn't go far enough,
and that the state risks being sued. She's sponsoring an amendment
to do away with the geographical requirement altogether.