FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Initiative Petition Relating to the General Assembly Approved for Circulation for 2014 Ballot
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced that an initiative petition relating to the General Assembly met state standards for circulation.
The official ballot title for the initiative petition reads:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
- establish limits on campaign contributions that candidates for state legislature can accept from individuals or entities;
- establish a limit on gifts that state legislators, and their employees, can accept from lobbyists;
- prohibit state legislators, and their employees, from serving as paid lobbyists for a period of time or being paid for campaign work;
- prohibit political fundraising on general assembly property;
- require legislative records to be open to the public; and
- prohibit any law that disqualifies the counting of valid signatures on petitions based on how voters sign the petition?
State governmental entities estimate increased annual operating costs starting at about $67,000. Local governmental entities estimate no impact to operating costs. Any potential impact to state and local governmental revenues is unknown.
The petition, which would amend Article III of the Missouri Constitution, was submitted by Brad Ketcher, 28 Plant Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119.
Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2014 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) 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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