Posted to IPR by Paulie
Many state legislatures have rigid deadlines for introducing bills. Those deadlines were in December 2008 in Indiana, Iowa, and Oklahoma. A previous post had said that the Indiana deadline was in mid-January, but actually it was on December 15. Therefore, it is already too late to introduce a ballot access improvement bill in Indiana in 2009. However, Indiana has one-year legislative sessions, so it will be possible to seek sponsors for bills to be introduced in late 2009 for the 2010 session. State Senator Sue Landske (R-Lake County) has already shown some interest in improving Indiana ballot access.
States with January 2009 deadlines for bills to be introduced this year are: Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wyoming.
States with February 2009 deadlines are: Arizona, California, Kentucky, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont.