ballot initiatives http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Despite National Focus, Missouri Minimum Wage Vote Faces Murky Future http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/despite-national-focus-missouri-minimum-wage-vote-faces-murky-future <p>President Barack Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/28/president-barack-obamas-state-union-address">sent a message during his State of the Union address</a> to every mayor, governor and state legislator who want to increase the minimum wage: Don't wait on Congress, Americans will support more local government initiatives.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:34:46 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 33879 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Despite National Focus, Missouri Minimum Wage Vote Faces Murky Future Showdown Looms Over 'Right To Farm' Amendment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/showdown-looms-over-right-farm-amendment <p>Wes Shoemyer was content to ride off into the political sunset.&nbsp;</p><p>The former Democratic state senator lost his re-election bid decisively in 2010. Afterward he told people in Jefferson City that he had a great “consolation prize” – going back to his farm near Monroe County.</p><p>But Shoemyer is leaping back into the fray to fight an amendment making it more difficult to regulate agriculture. And he’s taking on familiar adversaries – some the state’s largest agricultural organizations.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 02:18:13 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 33226 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Showdown Looms Over 'Right To Farm' Amendment Backers Consider Petitions To Legalize Marijuana In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/backers-consider-petitions-legalize-marijuana-missouri <p><em><strong>Updated 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15</strong></em></p><p>Advocates for partly legalizing the growing and use of marijuana in Missouri have gotten the go-ahead to circulate 13 different initiative petitions in the state.</p><p>But that doesn’t mean any of the proposals will be on this fall’s ballot.</p><p>On Wednesday, the Missouri secretary of state's office said it had approved all 13 initiatives for circulation. Nearly 158,000 signatures from registered voters will be needed to put any of the proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:03:39 +0000 Jo Mannies 33032 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Backers Consider Petitions To Legalize Marijuana In Missouri Crowd Of Initiative Petitions Will Soon Compete To Get On Ballot http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crowd-initiative-petitions-will-soon-compete-get-ballot <p>As soon as the snow melts, Missourians may find themselves confronting a horde of people stopping them outside stores, on the streets or at their front doors.</p><p>The object: to get their signatures on petitions that would put a variety of issues – such as early voting, income taxes and teacher tenure – on the August or November ballot.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:13:58 +0000 Jo Mannies 32909 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Crowd Of Initiative Petitions Will Soon Compete To Get On Ballot Lawsuit Filed Against Missouri Over Language Used In Teacher Tenure Ballot Initiative http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawsuit-filed-against-missouri-over-language-used-teacher-tenure-ballot-initiative <P>A group of educators is suing the state of Missouri over<A href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2014petitions/14init_pet.asp#2014024"> a proposed constitutional amendment </A>requiring tenure for public school teachers be based on performance, not seniority.</P> <P>In a press release issued Friday, the four plaintiffs in the suit say school districts would be allowed to fire or cut the pay of teachers and administrators without cause or due process, and that the ballot language should be rewritten to reflect that.&nbsp; They also say the initiative will be more expensive than its backers Fri, 03 May 2013 22:57:09 +0000 Marshall Griffin 26083 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawsuit Filed Against Missouri Over Language Used In Teacher Tenure Ballot Initiative Mo. House Seeks To Increase Transparency Of Initiative Petitions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-seeks-increase-transparency-initiative-petitions <p>The Missouri House has approved legislation aimed at increasing the transparency of initiative petitions that bypass the Legislature to put proposed laws or constitutional amendments on statewide ballots.<br>&nbsp;<br>Sponsors of the petitions must gather signatures from registered voters for their proposal to qualify for the ballot.<br>&nbsp; Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:55:50 +0000 The Associated Press 10015 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House Seeks To Increase Transparency Of Initiative Petitions Kander To Post Initiative Petitions To Mo. Sec. Of State Website BEFORE Writing Ballot Language http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kander-post-initiative-petitions-mo-sec-state-website-writing-ballot-language <P><A href="http://sos.mo.gov/">Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander</A> (D) has made changes to the initiative petition process.</P> <P>Effective immediately, the Secretary of State’s office will begin posting initiative petitions to its website&nbsp;before the summary language is written.&nbsp; Kander has also authorized 5-day comment periods that will begin the same day the initiative petitions are posted.</P> <P>“When I traveled around the state, a lot of people had concerns about whether or not it was done in secret, behind closed doors," Kander said.&nbsp; "So I decided to make it Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:46:11 +0000 Marshall Griffin 8712 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kander To Post Initiative Petitions To Mo. Sec. Of State Website BEFORE Writing Ballot Language Schoeller conducting 'Farm Values Tour' across rural Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/schoeller-conducting-farm-values-tour-across-rural-mo <p>Agricultural interests are being highlighted in the Missouri Secretary of State’s race this week.</p><p><a href="http://www.shaneschoeller.org/">Republican nominee Shane Schoeller</a> is conducting a “Farm Values Tour” across the state, in which he’s reviving memories of the recent battle over dog breeding regulations.&nbsp; He says his Democratic opponent, <a href="http://www.jasonkander.com/">Jason Kander</a>, would follow in<a href="http://sos.mo.gov/sosbio.asp"> Robin Carnahan’s </a>footsteps in writing ballot summaries that could greatly harm farmers who also breed dogs.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 23:17:54 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4633 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Schoeller conducting 'Farm Values Tour' across rural Mo. Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-upholds-ballot-summary-mo-court-measure-0 <P>A Cole County judge has upheld a ballot summary prepared by <A href="http://sos.mo.gov/sosbio.asp">Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan</A> (D) for a <A href="http://sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/">proposed constitutional amendment </A>that would expand the governor’s role in appointing State Supreme Court judges.</P> <P>The ballot language for Amendment 3 asks:</P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P>Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to change the current nonpartisan selection of supreme court and court of appeals judges to a process that gives the governor increased authority to:</P> <UL Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:36:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure Koster won't file appeal for Carnahan on health ins. exchange ballot language http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/koster-wont-file-appeal-carnahan-health-ins-exchange-ballot-language <P>There will be no challenge to the new language inserted onto a ballot initiative by a Cole County judge regarding health insurance exchanges.</P> <P><A href="http://sos.mo.gov/elections/2012ballot/">The version initially approved</A> by <A href="http://sos.mo.gov/sosbio.asp">Secretary of State Robin Carnahan</A> (D)&nbsp;had asked if state law should, “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care,” unless the people or the legislature created an exchange.&nbsp;&nbsp;In a statement, Carnahan says<A href="http://ago.mo.gov/koster_bio.htm"> Attorney General Chris Koster </A>(D) refused to file an appeal on her office’s behalf.&nbsp;<A href="http://ltgov.mo.gov/"> Lt. Governor Peter Kinder </A>(R) filed suit against Carnahan over that language.&nbsp; He applauded the Democratic Attorney General’s move. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:51:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4468 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Koster won't file appeal for Carnahan on health ins. exchange ballot language