FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Initiative Petition Relating to Student Members of State Universities' and Colleges' Governing Boards Approved for Circulation for 2014 Ballot
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that an initiative petition relating to student members of state universities’ and colleges’ governing boards met state standards for circulation.
The official ballot title for both of the initiative petitions reads:
Shall Missouri law be amended to require the governing boards of state universities and colleges to include a nonpartisan student member who may vote on tuition, fees, and any other board issues?
State and local governmental entities expect no costs or savings to result from this proposal.
The petition, which would amend Sections 172, 174, 175 and 178 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, was submitted by Brad Ketcher, 28 Plant Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119.
Before any statutory changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2014 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to five (5) percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts.
Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2014 ballot are due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 4, 2014.
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.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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