New lawsuit challenges wide-ranging Missouri bill

3 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Monday, June 01 2015 Jun 1, 2015 Monday, June 01, 2015 2:33:59 PM CDT June 01, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A lawsuit has been filed against a Missouri law that an opponent argues was changed too drastically as it worked its way through the Legislature.

The lawsuit was filed by Ron Calzone, co-director of Missouri First, a nonprofit that promotes limited government.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Chris Koster did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday. Koster's office defends state laws.

At issue is a bill signed into law last year that originally would have allowed county commissioners to propose initiative petitions to cut a county prosecutor from a full-time to a half-time position.

The bill was expanded to include policies on topics ranging from school lunches to fire sprinklers.

Calzone says that violates constitutional limits against changing the purpose of a bill or including multiple topics.

 

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