Note: This is part of a series. I’ve been writing a lot about Washington’s I-933 lately; here’s what’s happening in the rest of Cascadia.
Idaho: Proponents just announced that they have enough signatures to put “This House Is My Home” on the ballot in November. A silly ballot title, yes, but the initiative is much better written than, say, Washington’s Initiative 933. Both measures are cookie-cutter “pay-or-waive” laws.
Montana: Initiative 154 still needs more signatures to earn a place on the ballot. Some locals are complaining that I-154 backers are using paid out-of-state contractors to gather the signatures. I-154 is—you guessed it—a cookie-cutter “pay-or-waive” law. [Note to Montana readers: I’m having a heckuva time finding timely coverage of I-154. I’d be grateful for forwards.]
There’s an uncanny similarity between these initiatives. Each of them employs concern about eminent domain to attack laws that may reduce the economic value of property. They’re importantly separate issues, but it can be easy to confuse them.
It’s almost as if each property “rights” initiative is taking the same marching orders. Could there be some national master plan?
Tune in next week to find out…