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In 2013, the Montana Legislature enacted Legislative Referendum 127 (LR-127) as a referendum to be put to a public vote at the time of the November 2014 general election. Petitioners filed a petition challenging the legal sufficiency of LR-127, alleging that the Attorney General’s legal review of the proposed ballot measure was incorrect and seeking to enjoin the State from placing the measure on the general election ballot. The Supreme Court ordered that the State was enjoined from placing LR-127 on the 2014 general election ballot, holding that the proposed ballot measure was not legally sufficient because the title of LR-127 did not comply with the plain meaning of the Legislature’s 100-word limit found in Mont. Code Ann. 5-4-102.