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Death Penalty Referendum Seems Unlikely

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Three controversial laws in 2012 prompted Maryland's first statewide ballot referendum in 20 years, allowing marriage equality, the Dream Act and congressional redistricting to be upheld by voters.
    
While a referendum for the newly passed death penalty repeal bill seems unlikely, lawmakers say a new bill that changes the state's referendum rules could create obstacles for citizens looking to petition state laws to ballot.
    
Delegate Eric Luedtke, D-Montgomery, has introduced a bill that would require the petition sponsor collecting signatures to form a ballot issue committee. Petition organizers would also face new signature page guidelines such as a requirement for circulators to initial each signature at the time of signing.
    
Opponents of the measure say that the proposed rules make an already stringent referendum process even more restrictive.

 

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