Light-rail petition stopped as fight heads to Missouri Supreme Court
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. 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. 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.
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.
- KMBC, "Chastain To Take Light-Rail Case To High Court," July 8, 2009
- Kansas City Business Journal, "Chastain appeals lower courts’ rulings on light-rail plan," July 8, 2009
- Kansas City Star, "Chastain files with Missouri Supreme Court in case against light-rail repeal," July 8, 2009
- Business Journal, "Chastain takes light-rail battle to Missouri Supreme Court," May 27, 2009