Light-rail fight goes to Missouri Supreme Court
KANSAS CITY, Missouri. The Kansas City Council voted to overturn a 2006 light rail plan that was approved by the city's voters. In reaction, Clay Chastain, a key supporter of the light rail ballot initiative, has filed an appeal with the Missouri Supreme Court. Chastain argues that the court should hear his appeal because "it involves a question of great public interest and importance: The power of the people in a charter city to enact laws via the initiative process without interference by local legislators."
In 2008, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling against Chastain. The court of appeals said that the Kansas City charter gives the city council the right to repeal ballot initiatives passed by the people.