Petitions Approved for Circulation

The Missouri Secretary of State’s office approved eight initiated petitions for the circulation. The petitions approved are:

Two petitions relating to Citizen Initiated Petitions

What they would do: Amend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit the repeal or amendment of statutes enacted by citizen initiated petitions, unless there is a 2/3 vote by both houses of the General Assembly or a vote of the people through a referendum. A similar petition would require votes on referendums to be held at general state elections and would require a 2/3 vote of the legislature before statute changes are put on the ballot for public vote.

Submitted by: Jeremiah Ratican

A Petition related to constitutional amendments

What it would do: Require a 2/3 of each house in the General Assembly before a constitutional amendment is referred to voters.

Submitted by: Jeremiah Ratican

Four petitions relating to taxes on cigarettes and tobacco

What they would do: The petitions would allow voters in cities or counties to set and control taxes on cigarettes and tobacco. Proceeds from the local taxes would go toward local job creation, health care, public education, cessation programs and other programs approved by voters. Two of these petitions would require tobacco companies to maintain a higher amount of escrow accounts to pay for judgments or  settlements.

Submitted by: Mark Reading

A petition related to renewable energy

What it would do: Incrementally increase the amount of renewable energy produced by sources — wind, solar, and waterthat investor-owned electric utilities are required to purchase, generate or acquire. It would also provide renewable energy incentive programs and some additional duties for the Office of Public Counsel. The cost of implementing the petition is estimated at $90,000. There could also be an increase in utilities expenses of at least $4 million.

Submitted by: Paul Wilson, from Columbia.

The petitions must gather enough signatures to be approved for the November ballot. For petitions changing the constitution, the amount of signatures must be great than or equal to eight percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 Governor’s election from six of the state’s nine congressional districts. For changes to the statutes, the number of signatures must be greater than or equal to five percent of the votes cast in the 2008 Governor’s race. The signatures must come from registered voters. Petitions must have all signatures submitted to the Secretary of State’s office by 5 p.m. May 6.

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