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Little’s office takes more than 7,200 calls and emails on initiative bills

April 5, 2019

BOISE — As the week has passed, calls and emails, mostly opposing both voter initiative bills, continue to flood Gov. Brad Little’s office.

Between March 29 and April 4, Little’s office received more than 7,200 phone calls, voicemails, emails or letters about SB 1159 — which makes qualifying an initiative or referendum for the ballot much harder — and about its follow-up bill, HB 296, which slightly eases the proposed requirements. Of those, roughly 71 were in favor of the legislation, according to Marissa Morrison, Little’s press secretary.

On April 4 alone, the office had 644 phone calls and 502 emails or letters opposing the bills, with only 18 of those in support. On Wednesday, the office had 1,010 phone calls and 452 emails or pieces of mail.

Little’s office received SB 1159 at 4:35 p.m. on April 2, which began the five-day countdown for him to either sign or veto — the five days count Saturdays but not Sundays, so he has until 4:35 p.m. on Monday, April 8. HB 296 cleared the Senate on Wednesday, 20-15, and it’s unclear when that will head to Little’s desk. Morrison said she anticipates it will be there by April 5.

Little has yet to publicly discuss his stance on the bills.

“Just as a policy, he has chosen not to comment during the deliberative process,” Morrison said. “We don’t want a situation where we pre-emptively comment on something and not have that be the outcome.”

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