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    Death penalty repeal may not be petitioned onto ballot

    (The headline wording is inaccurate; the writer should have used "might" instead of "may".)

    Del. Neil C. Parrott, chairman of petition website MDPetitions.com, said petitioning Gov. Martin O’Malley’s death penalty repeal to the 2014 general election ballot isn’t a foregone conclusion.

    That’s even though some opponents of the repeal, including Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert, have said they think a referendum vote likely.

    But “there’s no talk about” such a petition drive at the grass-roots, Parrott said. “It’s probably not going to be petitioned.”

    Parrott indicated he’s more interested in leading a petition drive against House Bill 493, the Referendum Integrity Act — a measure he believes could choke off future referendums if it passes.

    Parrott said a drive to overturn the death penalty repeal would involve a long, difficult campaign all the way up to the 2014 election.

    And such efforts take money — something MDPetitions.com is “not very flush with,” Parrott said.

    “There’s going to be serious consideration whether we do one or not, because it is so difficult,” he said.

    HB 493 — which Parrott calls the “referendum suppression act” — would tighten requirements for petition sponsors and make it much harder to get a newly enacted law on the ballot.

    •  HB 493 (1+ / 0-)
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      Is primarily concerned with privacy and campaign finance. The ridiculous amount of money spent on the 2012 referendums in Maryland has shown that the purpose of referendum, to give the grassroots population final say on a law, has been completed distorted by money.

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