August 7, 2018 •
Lawsuit Filed to Remove Issue from Missouri Ballot
A lawsuit has been filed to remove a referendum from the Missouri ballot. On August 2, Sec. of State Jay Ashcroft certified an ethics initiative for the November general election ballot.
The proposal would limit legislative gifts from lobbyists, reduce campaign contribution limits for legislative candidates, create a two-year waiting period for public officials seeking to become lobbyists, and establish new procedures for redistricting.
The lawsuit claims the proposed referendum violates a provision of the Missouri Constitution limiting ballot measures to a single subject.
Combining multiple subjects in a single ballot measure can force voters to vote for a matter they do not support just to enact a proposal they do support.
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