Missouri "puppy mill" revisions lead to initiative legislative tampering proposal

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June 17, 2011


By Bailey Ludlam

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: Revisions to a 2010 voter-approved initiative has launched efforts to constitutionally amend the requirements for repealing or revising citizen initiatives.

Shortly following the approval of Proposition B, also known as the "Puppy Mill" initiative, legislators proposed bills to repeal and revise the measure. On April 27, 2011 Gov. Jay Nixon signed a revision of Proposition B after a proposed compromise was approved by the Missouri General Assembly.

Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and supporter of Proposition B, launched an initiative for the 2012 statewide ballot. The proposed initiated constitutional amendment would require a 3/4 majority vote of the legislature to repeal or amend a voter-approved initiative. According to reports, as of June 16, 2011, the measure has not been officially approved for petition circulation.[1]

Currently, the Missouri General Assembly can both repeal and amend initiated state statutes, but not initiated constitutional amendments. A simple majority is required to make changes.[2]

The initiative is similar to a proposed legislative referral, sponsored by Rep. Scott Sifton. However, the measure would instead require a two-thirds majority vote by the legislature two years following voter approval of a ballot measure. For the next two years, lawmakers would need a four-sevenths majority vote.[3]

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