Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:55 pm
There will be no challenge to the new language inserted onto a ballot initiative by a Cole County judge regarding health insurance exchanges.
The version initially approved by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) had asked if state law should, “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care,” unless the people or the legislature created an exchange. In a statement, Carnahan says Attorney General Chris Koster (D) refused to file an appeal on her office’s behalf. Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) filed suit against Carnahan over that language. He applauded the Democratic Attorney General’s move.
Springfield officials have certified the signatures on a petition that seeks to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the city.
Missouri House members have rewritten the ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment clearing the way for someday requiring voters to show photo identification.
Missouri voters could get a say on several big issues this fall, including measures to replace the state income tax, hike the tobacco tax, raise the minimum wage and restrict payday loans.