Ballot Measure Would Make it Harder for Lawmakers to Overhaul Petitions

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Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A proposed ballot measure would make it more difficult for state lawmakers to overhaul initiatives that win approval from Missouri voters.

The proposed constitutional amendment would require a three-quarters majority vote in the Legislature to amend or repeal voter-approved laws unless the changes are referred to voters or the initial ballot measure specially allowed lawmakers to make changes by majority vote. The proposed constitutional amendment would appear on the 2012 ballot if sufficient signatures are gathered.

Missouri lawmakers in recent years have considered changes to several measures that were approved by voters, including new regulations for the state’s dog breeders.

Supporters of the new ballot measure say it should be more difficult for lawmakers to change what voters have enacted and require bipartisan consensus from across the state.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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