2010 Mid-Term Election Countdown
MISSOURI - The 2010 mid-term elections are Nov. 2. This year's ballot includes a few state-wide and local hot button issues, including tax amendments and regulations looking to crack down on puppy mills.
Proposition A - Proposition A is a proposal to eliminate certain city earnings taxes. A "yes" vote would repeal the authority of certain cities to fund their budgets through earnings taxes. A "yes" vote would also require cities that already do this - like St. Louis and Kansas City - to either approve the practice in a municipal election and at an election held every 5 years, or to phase out the program within ten years. A "no" vote would keep current Missouri law.
Proposition B - Proposition B is a proposed amendment to Missouri's dog breeding rules. A "yes" vote would require large scale breeders to abide by stricter rules for feeding, shelter, veternary care and breeding cycles for dogs. A "yes" would also limit breeders to 50 dogs, for the purpose of selling pet puppies. Any violation to these new rules would result in a misdemeanor crime of "puppy mill cruelty." A "no" vote on Proposition B would keep current Missouri breeding laws.
Columbia Taser Ban - Columbia will decide whether or not to ban the use of tasers. Supporters of the ban say tasers are unreliable, unpredictable and dangerous. Opposers to the ban argue tasers are necessary for law enforcement safety.
Jefferson City Smoking Ordinance - Jefferson City will decide whether or not to ban smoking at indoor public places, and places of employment. The ban would also place limits on where smokers can light up outdoors in Jefferson City.