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Resolutions 5-7: Direct Initiative & Amendment

Resolutions of the 2014 Constitution Party of Idaho

At Convention in Cascade, Idaho on August 2, 2014

TO EXERCISE CITIZEN INITIATIVE AND DIRECT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

RESOLUTION 5-2014 Constitution Party of Idaho at Convention

Whereas, on 25 July 1889, Idaho Territorial Delegate Aaron F. Parker of Idaho County rose in opposition to a legislatively referred constitutional process, stating:  “The majority of a single chamber such as is contemplated by this amendment, easily becomes despotic and arbitrary, because there is no authority over it to check that despotism“; therefore

Resolved, the Constitution Party of Idaho reaffirms the opinion of Idaho Territorial Delegate A.F. Parker regarding inherent dangers of a legislatively referred constitutional process, and insists upon the right of  the People of Idaho to amend their Constitution.

RESOLUTION 6-2014 Constitution Party of Idaho at Convention

Whereas, on 25 July 1889, Idaho Territorial Delegate G.W. King of Shoshone County rose in opposition to exclusive legislative initiatives, stating:  “Honest men of this country have been unable to secure the enactment of laws or to prevent their repeal when it suited their circumstances”; therefore

Resolved, the Constitution Party of Idaho reaffirms the opinion of Idaho Territorial Delegate G.W. King, and insists that the Legislature cause the Idaho Constitution to be amended to allow direct initiative.

RESOLUTION 7-2014 Constitution Party of Idaho at Convention

Whereas, Idaho is a limited direct democracy under a “legislatively referred constitutional process” requiring a legislative super majority to move amendments or initiatives to general ballot; and

Whereas, the People of Idaho cannot propose amendments to their Constitution, in contravention of the 9th Amendment of the Bill of Rights; therefore

Resolved, the Constitution Party of Idaho insists the Idaho Legislature cause the Idaho Constitution to be amended as follows:

Article III, Section 1, Clause 3.  “The People reserve to themselves the power to amend this Constitution independent of the Legislature by way of initiative.  Any statewide initiative or referendum enacted by the People may not be repealed by the Legislature.  No court in the State of Idaho has the authority to interfere with any legally executed initiative or referendum process which affects a County, City or other local entity.  Any amendment or amendments proposed by the People shall become part of this Constitution when approved by two thirds of the electors voting in a general election.”