Ken Schram: I agree with Tim Eyman. Seriously

Ken Schram: I agree with Tim Eyman. Seriously
SEATTLE -- I'm going to hate myself in the morning, but I've got to admit this: I agree with Tim Eyman.

Eyman's been on a rip over efforts by the state Legislature to make it tougher to get initiatives and referendums up and running.

But this isn't just Eyman's fight. It's everyone's.

House Bill 2601 is everything that anyone who appreciates the First Amendment should be fighting.

I can't fathom why we'd just sit back and allow state lawmakers to restrict our ability to petition the government for change.

The phony back-story behind this bill is that paid signature gatherers are inherently dishonest people who might be identity thieves and sex offenders.

Among its provisions: The measure would require them to undergo training and be registered with the Public Disclosure Commission.

That's a load of you know what.

We have a process to insure the integrity of the initiative process and it's worked well.

Simply put: If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.

I get that Tim Eyman is a pain in the legislative butt.

Too bad.

This isn't about his cash cow. It's about our ability to address change.

On this one, I'm with Eyman.

(You can read more about the bill at leg.wa.gov. It's House Bill 2601.

Have something to say to Ken? E-mail him at kenschram@komo4news.com.

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