FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 16, 2011
Contact: Laura Egerdal, (573) 526-0949
Three 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 and one initiative petition relating to prevention of racial profiling have met state standards for circulation.
The ballot titles for the two petitions relating to citizen initiative petitions read:
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.
The ballot title for the petition relating to prevention of racial profiling reads:
Shall Missouri law be amended to require law enforcement agencies to take steps to prevent racial profiling that include implementing a complaint process, requiring corrective action for violators, and providing certain information about traffic or pedestrian stops to the Attorney General for an annual report to the Governor, legislature and law enforcement agencies?
Compliance with this proposal may result in state and local law enforcement agencies purchasing/upgrading computer software or purchasing cameras for law enforcement vehicles. Those costs will vary by agency based on prior expenditures for these items and compliance decisions made.
The petition, which would amend Chapter 590 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, was submitted Citizens Against Racial Profiling, Michael Moore, PO Box 220314, St. Louis, MO 63122, 314-617-8714.
Before any statutory changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2012 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to five (5) percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. For constitutional changes, 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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