Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT
Bob forgot to mention that initiative law, the same as legislative law, must be
constitutional. Regardless of the origin of a law, it is subject to the
judicial branch striking it down as unconstitutional. The
initiative process can and should be used for the laws the legislature refuses
such as ethics, term limits, etc. The people have power equal to
the legislature, and generally do a much better job with their power.
Bob, thanks for this excellent comment. It's unlikely that the legislature will
make significant progress on ethics in the next session and there's no way there
will be any changes on the redistricting issue. But you can be sure some on the
Hill are thinking about running legislation to further restrict the ability of
citizens to get initiatives on the ballot. Your legwork on comparing Utah to
other states will make it easier to refute the argument that we have a problem
with initiatives run amok in Utah.
Legislative Ethics Reform is an oxymorom like Military Intelligence, U of U
Parking Services & Business Ethics. Even if they think they will loose, they
will fight this all the way.
“The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.”
I would like to see more citizen initiatives in Utah. For instance:1. an initiative that forces Utah's county clerks to follow the Utah
constitutional requirement for conducting secret ballot elections by scrapping
the current voting system that records both electronic and paper ballot records
in the same order that voters vote, allowing any election official to find out
how most people voted by comparing them with the sequential poll books, and2. an initiative to subject election records to public scrutiny that are
necessary to judge the integrity and accuracy of election results. Currently
Utah conducts the most secretive elections of any state by not publicly posting
polling place totals at the polls, not publicly posting the touchscreen machine
counts that its audits allegedly check (but don't really), and not subjecting
most of its election records to the government records and management act.Since when does an employee (elected government official) tell his boss
(the public) that the organization's records may not be looked at by the boss?
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