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Thursday, December 13, 2012

AG rejects Regnat Populus ballot title

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Regnat Populus' amended ballot title and proposal to amend campaign finance laws was rejected by the state attorney general Wednesday because of ambiguities in the wording of the penalty portion of the initiated act. The reform group will have to clarify subsection (c) of Section 3 before AG Dustin McDaniel will give an opinion on the ballot title.

In November, McDaniel rejected an earlier version of Regnat Populus' initiated act for ambiguity in a portion of the act regarding exceptions in gift-giving.

Regnat Populus' ballot proposal is only slightly different from the one it sought to get on the November ballot (its petition drive failed after a hired canvassing group dropped the ball). The ballot measure would ban corporate and union contributions to political campaigns of the governor, cabinet and legislature; end gifts by lobbyists to these public officials (the so-called Walmart rule, in honor of that company's ban on its employees taking gifts from vendors) and impose a two-year waiting period before covered politicians can become a lobbyist after leaving office.

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