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The Anti-Initiative Resolution

(The following was contributed by members Marty and Anne Steitz. For further discussion of this important issue, see HUPC Newsletters, Feb. and April l998.)

Supporters of SJR 10, the anti-initiative resolution coming before Utah voters this fall, claim we need to change the ballot initiative process to mandate a two-thirds majority for any initiatives concerning the taking of wildlife to protect Utah’s "scientific" wild-life management from "out-side special interests." Which special interests are so cunning, secretive, conniving and clever that they can outwit Utah’s voting population, requiring that we change the standards at the ballot box to require a two-thirds majority for only wildlife issues? As voting citizens of Utah, we are personally insulted that this bill has even been introduced, much less passed in the Legislature. The citizens of Utah can think, and vote, for themselves. Please do not tell us we are incapable of intelligent decisions on wildlife issues, or are likely to be duped by these mysterious "out of state special interests."

SJR10 is the first constitutional amendment of its kind in United States history, singling out a specific issue and holding it to a higher standard at the ballot box, establishing a dangerous precedent. If passed, Utah would be the first state to limit the freedom of its citizenry to affect public policy in a single arena, in this case wildlife issues. There would be nothing to stop future legislatures from deciding the public cannot think and vote competently on other issues, such as education, transportation, or taxes! We urge the citizens of Utah to defeat SJR10, saying "we can think, we can vote. Do not muzzle us."

Marty and Anne Steitz


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