Mo. Judge to Hear Lawsuits Over Ballot Measures
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri judge likely will consider next month whether initiatives that call for increasing the minimum wage and limiting payday loans should qualify for the November ballot.
Election officials concluded earlier this month that supporters did not collect enough valid signatures to put the measures before voters. But lawsuits filed last week challenge that determination and contend that some valid signatures were not counted.
The Jefferson City News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/Nepfvp ) Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem is likely to consider the case Sept. 5-7. The trial dates are to be finalized after Beetem meets Wednesday with lawyers involved in the case.