Podcast on Citizens’ Initiative Reviews

Guest opinion article written by Sue Malek for the Missoulian:

Should we enact Citizen Initiative Review Commissions (CIRCs) in Montana? A bipartisan bill in the Oregon Legislature established CIRCs in 2008. Twenty-four citizens, randomly selected to serve, are paid salaries and expenses for participation in groups that study initiative issues and publish a statement describing the pros and cons to voters. Nonprofit groups provide the funding.

I retired in January after serving 12 years in the Montana legislature. We Democrats experienced some wins and losses. Legislation that survived was often bipartisan because although the legislature was dominated by Republicans throughout that time, Democratic governors provided a counterbalance and worked closely with Republican lawmakers to sponsor and pass legislation.

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