Missouri lawmaker raises concerns about energy proposal

Monday, December 19, 2011 | 9:21 a.m. CST; updated 5:34 p.m. CST, Monday, December 19, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri lawmaker wants Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to let someone else write the summary for a proposed ballot initiative on renewable energy.

An initiative submitted last week to Carnahan's office would increase the amount of electricity that Missouri power companies must generate from renewable sources such as the wind and sun. The secretary of state is responsible for a writing a summary to appear atop the initiative petitions and on the ballot.

Republican Rep. Jay Barnes, of Jefferson City, contends the Democratic secretary of state could have a conflict of interest because her younger brother is an investor in wind energy production.

A Carnahan spokesman says the office has always followed its legal obligation to provide Missouri voters with fair summaries of ballot initiatives.

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