FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 27, 2011
Contact: Laura Egerdal, (573) 526-0949
Two Initiative Petitions Relating to Citizen Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation for 2012 Ballot
Jefferson City, Missouri - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that two initiative petitions relating to citizen initiative petitions have met state standards for circulation.
The ballot title for both of the petitions reads:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit the repeal or amendment by the General Assembly of a statute enacted by citizen initiative passed by the voters of Missouri, except by either a three-fourths vote of the members of each house or a vote of the people through a referendum or unless such statute explicitly provides that the general assembly may repeal or amend it by a majority vote of the members of each house?
The proposal is estimated to result in no direct costs or savings to state and local governmental entities.
The petitions, which would amend Article III of the Missouri Constitution, were submitted by Ms. Anne Adams, P.O. Box 190201, St. Louis, MO 63119.
Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2012 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts.
Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot are due to the Secretary of State’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.
Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the Secretary of State and Attorney General. The Secretary of State then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words and the State Auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the Attorney General. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.
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