Local Initiative Process Gutted
by: Envision Spokane Posted on: September 08, 2013
Judge Decides That the Spokane’s Community Bill of Rights is Outside the Authority of Citizen Initiative
You Don’t Decide – On August 23, Judge Maryann Moreno ruled that Spokane, WA’s Community Bill of Rights and Voter Bill of Rights exceed the scope of what citizens can bring forward via an initiative.
The judge’s decision means Spokanites Will Not Vote on either Bill of Rights in November.
Envision Spokane is considering appealing that decision.
This decision renders the local initiative process sterile for any meaningful law making when it comes to advancing rights for people, neighborhoods, workers, or the environment.
Don’t forget that it was the major corporate powerbrokers along with our elected officials who forced the issue. Why? Because the Community Bill of Rights almost passed in 2011.
“The initiative process in general, and the Community Bill of Rights specifically, have always been about putting real decision-making authority in the hands of the people, not just a select, powerful few,” says Kai Huschke from Envision Spokane.
“Today that idea was trashed. The ruling upholds the ability of a few wealthy and powerful people to continue to make decisions about the future of Spokane.”
Spokesman-Review article: Click here
Inlander article: Click here
Alliance for a Competitive Economy announcement: Click here
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