Lower initiative signature requirements fail as many senators don't vote

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March 10, 2010 - 6:00pm

A proposed state constitutional amendment to lower the number of signatures required to place an initiative on the ballot was debated in the Legislature today. But when it came time to vote, most state senators didn't.

This was the vote on advancing the proposal:

For (7): Flood, Fulton, Gay, Hansen, Laughtenbaugh, Nelson, Pirsch.

Against (12): Avery, Campbell, Cook, Council, Giese, Gloor, Janssen, Karpisek, Krist, Schilz, Stuthman, Sullivan.

Present but not voting (25): Adams, Ashford, Carlson, Christensen, Coash, Conrad, Cornett, Dubas, Fischer, Haar, Hadley, Howard, Langemeier, Lathrop, Louden, McGill, Mello, Nordquist, Pankonin, Price, Rogert, Utter, Wallman, White, Wightman.

Excused (5): Dierks, Harms, Heidemann, McCoy, Pahls.

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