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Five initiative petitions filed on Aug. 6 deadline

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Secretary of state Wayne Williams announced Monday that five initiative petitions were turned in by the 3 p.m. deadline:

Initiative 97, setback requirement for oil and gas development,

Initiative 126, payday loans,

Initiative 153, transportation funding,

Initiative 167, authorize bonds for transportation projects, and

Initiative 173, campaign contributions.

The secretary of state's office has 30 days to review the information provided on the petitions and determine whether the proposed measures will make the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

Two other proposed amendments, Initiative 108, just compensation for reduction in fair market value by government law or regulation turned in signatures last Friday. Initiative 93, funding for public schools, turned in signatures on July 11.

The Aug. 6 deadline was to turn in 98,492 valid voter signatures, which is 5 percent of the total votes cast for all candidates for secretary of state in the 2014 general election. A random sample of signatures is then conducted.

Voters two years ago approved Amendment 71, which makes it more difficult to amend the Constitution. In addition to requiring that signatures come from 2 percent of voters in each Senate district, the measure also required constitutional amendments to pass with a 55-percent majority rather than a simple majority.

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