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2012 Ballot Issues

The 2012 Voter Information Pamphlet (VIP) is now available online at the following link: 2012 Voter Information Pamphlet.

The following proposals appeared on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot:

LR-120 ( HB 627 ) (Status current as of 12/18/2014)
Subject: Referendum to require parental notification prior to abortion for a minor, providing for judicial waiver of notification, repealing prior statutes, and providing penalties.
Type: Legislative Referendum
Status: APPROVED BY VOTERS. Legislature referred HB 627 to the 2012 General Election Ballot.

LR-121 ( HB 638 ) (Status current as of 12/18/2014)
Subject: Referendum to deny certain state services to illegal aliens.
Type: Legislative Referendum
Status: APPROVED BY VOTERS. Legislature referred HB 638 to the 2012 General Election Ballot.

LR-122 ( SB 418 ) (Status current as of 12/18/2014)
Subject: Referendum to prohibit the state or federal government from mandating the purchase of health insurance or imposing penalties for decisions related to purchasing health insurance.
Type: Legislative Referendum
Status: APPROVED BY VOTERS. Legislature referred SB 418 to the 2012 General Election Ballot.

IR-124 (Status current as of 12/18/2014)
Subject: Referendum on SB 423, a bill which repeals I-148 and enacts a new medical marijuana program.
Sponsor: John Masterson, Montana Cannabis Industry Association
Type: Initiative Referendum
Received by SOS: May 12, 2011
Status: APPROVED BY VOTERS.
Total signatures received and tallied by SOS (final):
5% qualification to appear on the 2012 ballot: 36,374 of 24,337 total signatures needed; qualified in 72 of 34 legislative districts needed.
15% qualification to appear on the 2012 ballot and to suspend the law: Qualified in 3 of 51 legislative districts needed (need 15% in each of at least 51 legislative districts).

 

I-166 (Status current as of 12/18/2014)
Subject: Charge Montana elected and appointed officials, state and federal, with implementing a policy that corporations are not human beings with constitutional rights.
Sponsor: Jonathan Motl
Type: Statutory initiative
Received by SOS: February 28, 2012
Status: APPROVED BY VOTERS.
Signatures received and tallied by SOS: 32,112 of 24,337 total signatures needed; qualified in 61 of 34 legislative districts needed.

 

A citizen proposed ballot issue could only appear on the 2012 general election ballot once the proposed language fulfilled three requirements. First, the language must be submitted to Montana’s Legislative Services Division. Second, the Montana Attorney General must conduct a legal review. Finally, after the review process is complete, and the sponsor has been notified by the Secretary of State of the approval or rejection of the ballot issue, the sponsor must collect signatures from qualified voters in Montana.

Initiative or referendum for the ballot - Signatures must be obtained from 5 percent of the total number of qualified voters in Montana, including 5 percent of the voters in each of 34 legislative house districts (a total of 24,337 signatures for the 2010 ballot).

Constitutional amendment by initiative - Signatures must be obtained from 10 percent of the total number of qualified voters in Montana, including 10 percent of the voters in each of 40 legislative house districts (a total of 48,674 signatures for the 2010 ballot).

 

 

View 2012 Ballot Issue Proposals that did not qualify for the November 6, 2012 ballot.

The deadline for final filing by the counties of verified petition signatures was
July 20, 2012.