Mo Proposal Would Alter Standards For Initiatives

7 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Monday, April 30 2012 Apr 30, 2012 Monday, April 30, 2012 3:26:00 AM CDT April 30, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are considering whether initiative petition canvassers should have to collect signatures from throughout state to qualify for the ballot.
Currently, initiative supporters must get signatures equal to 5 percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election, from two-thirds of the congressional districts. That threshold rises to 8 percent if they are proposing a change to the state constitution. Supporters often concentrate on districts with the largest cities.
A proposed constitutional amendment that has passed the House and faces a Monday hearing in a Senate committee would require signatures from all congressional districts. But the number needed would drop to 3.25 percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election for a statutory measure and 5.25 percent for a constitutional amendment.

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