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Light-rail petition stopped as fight heads to Missouri Supreme Court

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July 9, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Missouri: This week Clay Chastain, a key supporter of the light rail ballot initiative, announced that he filed a filed a notice and appeal with the Missouri Supreme Court to reinstate his 2006 voter-approved light-rail plan. Along with the appeal, Chastain announced that he is halting his efforts to place the light-rail issue on the ballot this fall.[1] But added that if he does not win in the Missouri Supreme Court, he will reignite a petition drive for a new light-rail plan for the November 2010 ballot.[2] In papers filed with the court, Chastain argues that “it is incredulous” that the city charter allows the council to throw out a voter-passed proposal.[3]

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.[4]

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