Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hailey amends petition ordinance

Express Staff Writer

The Hailey City Council has amended the city's code to allow any resident of Idaho, rather than just those of Hailey, to bring initiative petitions before the city.

The decision was announced on Tuesday, Nov. 11, by City Clerk Heather Dawson, who stated that the council made the decision after it came out of executive session at the end of a regular council meeting on Nov. 8.

The amendment came on the heels of an Idaho District Court ruling in September that Hailey's restriction was unconstitutional, as claimed by Ryan Davidson, who sued the city over the issue, claiming that it violated the First Amendment.

Davidson sued Dawson, in her capacity as city clerk, in December 2004 after Dawson denied his petition to put four initiatives to reform marijuana laws on the November 2004 ballot.

On September 11, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Tallman signed an injunction to keep Hailey from enforcing the city code, thus allowing Davidson to put his initiative on the November 2007 ballot.

Voters approved three of the four initiatives.

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