Petition rule changes move to Senate

A bill to change the rules on how petitions are circulated, HB 5063, passed the House on a 64-46 vote this week with an amendment that exempted current petition drives from mandatory Secretary of State approval. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

House Republican claimed their legislation is saving groups from wasting their time circulating invalid petitions. But many other groups from both sides are questioning the wisdom of putting the power of approving petitions in the hands of a partisan elected official.

Democrats continue to challenge the Republican's questionable tactics that are ramming through legislation and not following constitutional mandates. House Democrats intend to ask for a record roll call vote on immediate effect for every bill passed by the House.

Please call your state Senator and urge them to vote no on HB 5063.