ballot initiative http://kbia.org en Mo. education commissioner helped group with ballot intiative http://kbia.org/post/mo-education-commissioner-helped-group-ballot-intiative <p>Public records have shown that Missouri's education commissioner provided advice to a group backing a ballot initiative that would end tenure protections for teachers.</p><p>Emails show that Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro met with an advocate for the proposed initiative a year ago and provided suggestions about its wording. Nicastro also reviewed a final version of the initiative before it was filed this March with the secretary of state's office.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:32:56 +0000 Associated Press 44099 at http://kbia.org Mo. education commissioner helped group with ballot intiative Environmentalists sue Mo. over renewable energy http://kbia.org/post/environmentalists-sue-mo-over-renewable-energy <p>An environmental group is heading to court in another attempt to change the way Missouri officials have implemented a 2008 ballot initiative about renewable energy.</p><p>The initiative requires investor-owned utilities to tap renewable energy sources for at least 5 percent of their electricity by 2014, with that amount gradually rising to 15 percent by 2021.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:03:59 +0000 Associated Press 39424 at http://kbia.org Environmentalists sue Mo. over renewable energy Sinquefield files lawsuit challenging campaign contribution ballot measure http://kbia.org/post/sinquefield-files-lawsuit-challenging-campaign-contribution-ballot-measure <p>A retired Missouri investment executive who has given millions of dollars to campaigns has filed a lawsuit challenging a proposed ballot measure seeking to establish campaign contribution limits.</p><p>According to a Kansas City Star <a href="http://bit.ly/17mnnpp">report</a> on Tuesday, Rex Sinquefield&nbsp;argues in his lawsuit that contribution limits would infringe on constitutional rights to free speech and free association. The suit contends the proposed limits are so low they inhibit effective advocacy, particularly as political campaigns become more costly.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:07:37 +0000 Associated Press 38763 at http://kbia.org Sinquefield files lawsuit challenging campaign contribution ballot measure Mo. SOS to take public comments on initiatives http://kbia.org/post/mo-sos-take-public-comments-initiatives <p></p><p>Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is giving the public a chance to review potential ballot initiatives long before the petition gathering begins.</p><p>Kander said Friday that initiatives submitted to his office will be posted online, and the public will have a five-day comment period before his office drafts a summary for the measures.</p><p>Kander, a Democrat, took office Jan. 14.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:45:15 +0000 Associated Press 27855 at http://kbia.org Mo. SOS to take public comments on initiatives Eminent domain petitions cleared for signature gathering http://kbia.org/post/eminent-domain-petitions-cleared-signature-gathering <p>Supporters of Missouri proposals to reform laws on the use eminent domain can begin working to get their measures on the 2014 state ballot. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:30:45 +0000 Associated Press 25934 at http://kbia.org Eminent domain petitions cleared for signature gathering Mo. gov. candidates oppose court ballot measure http://kbia.org/post/mo-gov-candidates-oppose-court-ballot-measure <p>Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican challenger Dave Spence both oppose a ballot measure that would give the governor greater power in picking Missouri's top judges.</p><p>A November ballot measure would change the seven-person panel that nominates judicial candidates to the governor. It would increase the number of citizens named to the panel by the governor to four instead of three, with the rest selected by an attorneys' association. It also would increase the number of judicial nominees the panel submits to the governor to four instead of three.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:53:37 +0000 Associated Press 22807 at http://kbia.org Mo. gov. candidates oppose court ballot measure Mo. tobacco tax foes cite cost to cities, counties http://kbia.org/post/mo-tobacco-tax-foes-cite-cost-cities-counties <p>Opponents of a tobacco tax initiative on the Missouri ballot say local governments could lose money if the measure passes.</p><p>The proposal would raise the state cigarette tax from 17 cents to 90 cents per pack and also increase taxes on other tobacco products.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 17:05:04 +0000 Associated Press 22203 at http://kbia.org Mo. tobacco tax foes cite cost to cities, counties Group of former Mo. Supreme Court judges oppose selection changes http://kbia.org/post/group-former-mo-supreme-court-judges-oppose-selection-changes <p>Defenders of Missouri's method of selecting appellate judges are fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the system. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:56:24 +0000 Associated Press 19933 at http://kbia.org Group of former Mo. Supreme Court judges oppose selection changes Newscast for July 31, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-july-31-2012-0 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA&nbsp;newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Mo. Supreme Court throws out caps on medical malpractice</li><li>State Supreme Court upholds fiscal notes for ballot initiatives</li><li>USDA releases crops progress report</li><li>Columbia Airport adds flights to Atlanta</li></ul> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 23:05:23 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 18524 at http://kbia.org State Supreme Court upholds fiscal notes for ballot initiatives http://kbia.org/post/state-supreme-court-upholds-fiscal-notes-ballot-initiatives The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the authority of the state auditor to write financial summaries for ballot initiatives.<p>Opponents of three initiatives - a cap on interest rates for payday loans, an increase in the minimum wage, and an increase in the state tobacco tax - alleged that <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C100-199/1160000175.HTM">the section of Missouri&#39;s election law</a> requiring the financial summaries violated the state constitution by imposing duties on the auditor that were "not related to the supervising and auditing of the receipt and expe Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:50:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin 18505 at http://kbia.org State Supreme Court upholds fiscal notes for ballot initiatives Carnahan's ballot language draws lawsuit, partisan debate http://kbia.org/post/carnahans-ballot-language-draws-lawsuit-partisan-debate <p>Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan over the language used in a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges. The Republican Lt. Governor is accusing the Democratic Secretary of State of trying to deliberately mislead voters.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:43:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin 17367 at http://kbia.org Carnahan's ballot language draws lawsuit, partisan debate Ruling could doom payday loan ballot initiative http://kbia.org/post/ruling-could-doom-payday-loan-ballot-initiative <p>&nbsp;A Missouri judge has dealt a setback to supporters of a ballot proposal that would limit interest rates on payday loans. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled Thursday that the ballot summary and financial estimate for the initiative are &quot;inadequate&quot; and &quot;unfair&quot; and &quot;likely to deceive petition signers.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 13:27:34 +0000 Associated Press 11940 at http://kbia.org Ruling could doom payday loan ballot initiative Payday loans: credit option or debt trap? http://kbia.org/post/payday-loans-credit-option-or-debt-trap <p>Missouri is fertile ground for payday lenders. With some of the loosest regulations in the nation, we are among the states with the most payday lending stores per capita.&nbsp;In this Health &amp; Wealth report, the payday lending industry in Missouri fights for its life, as activists aim for the November ballot to try to rein in these lenders they say trap the working poor in a cycle of debt.</p><p class="Radiotitle"> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:13:27 +0000 Jacob Fenston 11715 at http://kbia.org Payday loans: credit option or debt trap?