HOT SPRINGS, Mont. -

A Hot Springs man is proposing a constitutional amendment that would require the Montana Legislature to have an equal number of men and women.
    
Lee Newspapers of Montana reports John Marshall submitted his proposal to the Secretary of State's office. It must pass review by the Attorney General's office and the Montana Legislative Services Division.
    
If the language is approved, Marshall could begin gathering the 48,000 signatures of registered voters he would need to get the proposal on the 2014 ballot.
    
Marshall says legislative gender equity would create a stronger democracy, noting that U.S. Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Mark Pryor of Arkansas said the recent partial government shutdown wouldn't have ended without the work of female senators.
    
Montana's current legislature is made up of 108 men and 42 women.