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.
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.”
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.