Two Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation for 2010 Ballot

Jefferson City, MO – Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that two new initiative petitions met state standards for circulation. One petition would amend the Missouri Constitution relating to recall of elected state officers. The other would amend the Missouri Constitution relating to technology parks.

The ballot title for the petition relating to recall of elected state officers reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to allow voters to recall elected state officers?

State governmental entities could incur costs up to $7 million for recall elections, depending on the date of the election. Costs to state governmental entities for reimbursement of legal and personal recall election expenses of a state officer who is not recalled are unknown. Local governmental entities could incur costs for recall elections.

The petition, which would amend Article IV, Section 17 of the Missouri Constitution, was submitted by Mr. Steven L. Reed, 1441 S. Estate Avenue, Springfield, MO 65804.

The ballot title for the petition relating to technology parks reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to impose for a period of one year a state sales/use tax of one tenth of one percent to provide additional money for the State Economic Development Department to be used solely for the promotion and development of one or more “Technology Parks” in southwest Missouri, subject to the provisions of and to be collected as provided in the “Sales Tax Law” and the “Compensating Use Tax Law” and subject to the rules and regulations promulgated in connection therewith?

The additional revenue generated by the levy of a sales and use tax of one-tenth of one percent for one year is approximately $77 million. The estimated cost to state governmental entities is $75,750. It is estimated the proposal would have no cost or savings to local governmental entities.

The petition, which would amend Article IV, Section 36 of the Missouri Constitution, was submitted by Mr. Steven L. Reed, 1441 S. Estate Avenue, Springfield, MO 65804.

Before any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November 2010 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight (8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor’s election from six of the state’s nine congressional districts.

Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2010 ballot are due to the Secretary of State’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 2, 2010.

Before circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form of their petition approved by the Secretary of State and Attorney General. The Secretary of State then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words and the State Auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are subject to the approval of the Attorney General. When both statements are approved, they become the official ballot title.

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