Ballot Initiatives in the Works
Groups submitted enough signatures for six ballot initiatives, including four constitutional amendments, to be considered for the ballot.
One proposed amendment would protect embryonic stem cell research that's allowed by federal law. The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures proposed it to counter legislative efforts to ban such research.
"First and foremost, it allows for somatic cell nuclear transfer, a cloning technique," said Republican Rep. Jim Lembke of St. Louis. "It allows for the cloning of human embryos, and it enshrines that in the Missouri Constitution, the constitutional right to clone human embryos."
Democratic Sen. Chuck Graham of Columbia disagreed, saying, "It is very important for us to establish in our state constitution the right to be able to conduct stem cell research so that our life sciences industry, whether it's the Star's Institute in Kansas City, or Washington University in St. Louis or our own University of Missouri here in Columbia, continues to find life-saving cures."
County election officials must verify petition signatures by July 25, then send them to the Secretary of State's Office which must certify them by Aug. 8 so the initiative can be on the November ballot.
For more information on all six ballot issues, click on their links to the right of this story.