Kansas City residents to vote on anti-nuclear measure

Friday, August 31, 2012 | 7:13 a.m. CDT; updated 11:07 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 31, 2012

KANSAS CITY — Kansas City residents will be able to vote on whether to limit the city's involvement in construction of plants manufacturing parts for nuclear weapons.

Anti-nuclear activists have been trying for two years to get the measure on the ballot. It's in response to construction of a new federal weapons plant in south Kansas City.

The council voted Thursday to put the measure on the ballot next April.

The Kansas City Star reported that the council had previously refused the effort. But council members said the city charter forced them to put the issue on the ballot because a group called Kansas City Peace Planters had gathered the required number of petition signatures.

If passed, the measure would forbid the city from subsidizing any facilities that produce or procure parts for nuclear weapons.

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