JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: Last week supporters of proposed Eminent Domain Reform Initiatives announced that it was unlikely they would file signatures to qualify the measures for the 2010 ballot. Ron Calzone, chairman for Missouri Citizens for Property Rights, said, "We have not officially thrown in the towel, but we have effectively thrown it in." According to reports, legal challenges tied up the measures until March 19, leaving the group less than 2 months to collect signatures to qualify the measures for the ballot. To qualify for the ballot, each initiative requires signatures from registered voters equal to 8% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. The petition signature deadline is May 2. If supporters fail to collect sufficient signatures, they said they plan to submit the initiatives for the 2012 ballot.
A brief summary of the ballot litigation the initiatives faced can be found here.