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Maryland Lawmakers Say Law Petitioning Process Too Easy

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Maryland voters decided in favor of three referred laws this week. Opponents to same-sex marriage, the Maryland Dream Act and the state's congressional redistricting map, successfully petitioned them to the ballot by collecting more than 55,000 signatures for each law.

Del. Jon Cardin, a Democrat who chairs the House Ways and Means subcommittee on election law, says he would be open to discussing changes to the petition process.

But Del. Neil Parrott, the Washington County Republican who chaired MDPetitions.com, says the process is still far from easy. He noted it had been 20 years since Maryland residents have voted on a referred law.

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