Missouri lawmakers hope to alter ballot initiative process

Thursday, February 5, 2009 | 2:43 p.m. CST; updated 3:43 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 5, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Just a few months after the November election, some Missouri lawmakers are pushing to radically alter the way initiative petitions work.

The proposals would change how a petition's ballot summary is approved, make some petitions harder to pass and prohibit per-signature petition circulators.

The lawmakers said they are motivated by unfair ballot summaries, the relative ease of altering the state constitution and potential fraud when collecting signatures.

Although some of the measures were filed in previous sessions, sponsors said issues in the recent election underscore why the Legislature should act now.


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