8:15 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

City council member Chadwick addresses new referendum petition

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First Ward Columbia City Council Member Ginny Chadwick announced Friday her opposition to a new referendum petition stated to be in favor of repealing improper downtown development.

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3:43 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Foes consider referendum drive on Missouri tax cut

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Some opponents of a Missouri income tax cut say they're contemplating pursuing a referendum that would put the issue before voters.

The Republican-led Legislature enacted the tax cut this spring by overriding a veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The measure would gradually reduce Missouri's top individual income tax rate and phase in a new business income deduction starting in 2017.

The Kansas City Star reports that some groups opposed to the tax cut are considering a referendum petition.

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10:11 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Talking Politics: Petition initiatives and sunshine laws

Initiative petitions touching on 19 different issues are circulating right now to get on the ballot in November. They range from allowing early voting to eliminating teacher tenure. Signature gatherers are out, clipboards in hand, to get the thousands of signatures necessary by May 4. The catch is this: Most of these initiatives won’t make it on the ballot. KBIA's Justin Paprocki found out just what it takes to get an issue on the ballot.

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7:13 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Petition for student curator vote aims for Nov. 2014 ballot

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A petition completed its first step Wednesday – a movement  to allow students to vote on their university governing boards. This means students are one step closer to reaching the November 2014 ballot. 

St. Louis Attorney, Brad Ketcher, filed the petition.  He said students should have a vote.

“I think it’s very important that students have a full voice on those boards,” Ketcher said.  “Students are spending more and more of their resources on tuition and fees, and a lot of times having to take out student loans for those sorts of obligations.”

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3:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Missourians for Equality pushing for discrimination petition

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A Missouri group may start circulating petitions for a ballot measure aimed at making it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the state.

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8:55 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Petition prevails: MFA Oil withdraws request to build Break Time convenience store

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The Columbia City Council was scheduled to vote Monday on a rezoning request that would allow a Break Time convenience store to be built at Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway, but MFA Oil withdrew the request.

MFA Oil withdrew its rezoning plan because neighbors in the area signed a petition against it. Phebe Lamar, an attorney for MFA Oil, said it soon became clear the City Council wouldn’t approve the plan.

Lamar said MFA Oil has done a lot to address the concerns of neighboring residents.

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4:58 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Opponents of new Break Time to re-collect petition signatures

The columbia City Council unanimously passed a measure creating the EEZ Board.

It’s back to the drawing board for Columbia residents fighting a rezoning that would put a new Break Time in their neighborhood near Grindstone Parkway and Rock Quarry Road.

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8:44 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Springfield marijuana petition short on signatures

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Supporters of a petition to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Springfield are running out of time to collect enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.

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