These ballot measures won’t generate as much passion as high-profile efforts to promote ganja or gambling, but the two legislative referrals make a lot more sense and voters should affirm them without hesitation this November.

Measure 77 amends the state constitution to give the governor authority to declare a “catastrophic disaster.” We hope it doesn’t come to that, but see no harm in granting broader power to the state’s chief executive in the event of a true disaster.

Measure 78 simply cleans up some language in the constitution to use more modern wording and it gets rid of some gender-biased phrasing along the way.

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