At today's committee hearing on Senator Vick's anti-initiatives bill, we broke a record. More people signed up to testify remotely than ever before in an Idaho legislative committee. In fact, so many people signed up to testify against the bill that the system broke down. Over 100 volunteers were blocked from giving testimony.
If you were signed up to testify and you did not get a chance to speak up, please plan to join us again on Friday at 8am MT / 7am PT if you are able. We're told that the committee will reach out to you directly with a link and the other info you'll need to join the hearing.
Whether or not you've testified or still plan to testify, we need you to take action immediately by calling key members of the Senate State Affairs Committee. If you're able to get through to them or their assistant, or even their voicemail, urge them to vote NO on Senate Bill 1110.
Here are a few key points to share:
Senate Bill 1110 bill will make it virtually impossible for any grassroots campaign ever to qualify another initiative for the ballot (Note: The current initiative rules require signatures from 6% of registered voters in each of 18 districts. Senate Bill 1110 doubles the number of districts to 35.)
The bill amounts to an attempt to revoke one of our most cherished constitutional rights
Tell them why the ballot-initiative process is important to you. If you can, share your personal experience volunteering for an initiative campaign. Let them know that you understand from experience how hard it is currently to qualify an initiative for the ballot
Please take a moment to make a few calls. Here are the key members of the Senate State Affairs Committee who need to hear from you:
Senator Abby Lee (Fruitland): (208) 332-1325
Senator Lee Heider (Twin Falls): (208) 332-1347
Senator Jim Guthrie (McCammon): (208) 332-1348
Senator Chuck Winder (Boise): (208) 332-1354
Senator Kelly Arthur Anthon (Burley): (208) 332-1327