Regarding the Certification Process for Direct Initiatives and People's Veto Referenda

Last updated: Jun 12, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: General Business
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Jonathan Kinney, House 22
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1271

Position:

Monitoring.

Summary:

This bill amends the laws regarding the notarization or certification of a petition for a people's veto referendum or a direct initiative of legislation by:

1. Requiring a petition organization when registering as a petition organization to list all notaries public and other persons authorized by law to administer oaths or affirmations who notarize or certify petitions for the petition organization;

2. Requiring a notary public or other person authorized by law to administer oaths or affirmations to acquire a special seal and unique identifying number from the Secretary of State to notarize or certify a petition;

3. Prohibiting a notary public or other person authorized by law to administer oaths or affirmations who notarizes or certifies petitions for a petition organization from being paid by the hour or being employed in any other capacity by the petition organization;

4. Allowing the Secretary of State to disqualify a petition for being notarized or certified in violation of the notary requirements established by this bill and for a hearing and appeal process by a petition organization or a notary public or other person authorized by law to administer oaths or affirmations whose petition has been disqualified by the Secretary of State;

5. Making a violation of the notary requirements established by this bill a Class E crime; and

6. Requiring the Secretary of State to establish a publicly accessible website providing information for the public about reporting fraud or other violations of the petition process.