Initiated measure 22 faced it’s first battle in a courtroom today. Judge Mark Barnett was not terribly kind to the measure, and found several problems with it that may be insurmountable.
Judge Barnett pointedly raised issues with the constitutionality of the following portions of IM 22:
- The Ethics Commission.
- The Appropriation for the so called “democracy credit” program.
- And most importantly, one of the most problematic portions of the measure-Section 31 of IM 22 and the “gift” limitation.
With a written decision coming possibly as soon as next week, look for Judge Barnett to hammer IM 22 as it relates to those items.
The question is whether any of the measure can stand apart from those issues, or if the rest of the measure is so inexorably tied to them it must be shut down in its entirety.