Missouri Prohibit Initiative Revision Amendment (2012)
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The measure would have prohibited the repeal or amendment of a citizen initiative by the Missouri General Assembly. Exceptions include a three-fourths vote in both the House and the Senate, by vote of the people via referendum, or if a statute specifically grants the General Assembly the authority to repeal the measure via majority vote.
Text of measure
The ballot title for the petition relating to citizen initiatives read:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit the repeal or amendment by the General Assembly of a statute enacted by citizen initiative passed by the voters of Missouri, except by either a three-fourths vote of the members of each house or a vote of the people through a referendum or unless such statute explicitly provides that the general assembly may repeal or amend it by a majority vote of the members of each house?
The proposal is estimated to result in no direct costs or savings to state and local governmental entities.
- See also: Legislative tampering in Missouri
According to news reports, the proposed measure developed following amendments made to a 2010 ballot measure, also known as the "Puppy Mill Initiative," and attempts by the legislature to repeal the measure in its entirety.
Lawmakers have also considered changes to the state's minimum wage following a 2006 initiative and in 2009 reversed a school-funding method from a 2008 casino-tax measure.
The measure was supported by a group called Your Vote Counts!. Rep. Scott Sifton serves as the spokespersonf or the group. "It should take more than a simple legislative majority to overturn the vote of millions of Missourians," said Sifton.
Although the initiative effort was partially fueled by 2010's "puppy mill" initiative, supporters said that is only the most recent example of initiatives being overturned or changed by the legislature. Pete Sepp, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union, said, "Regardless of the individual issue that triggered action, the overall principle of protecting citizen-initiated statutes is very important, from a taxpayer's perspective."
- Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States
- National Taxpayers Union
- Citizens in Charge
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Americans for Tax Reform
- Stop Child Predators
- Americans for Limited Government
- U.S. Term Limits
Some lawmakers argued that the proposed amendment was too strict and may cause problems in the future. House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller agreed that lawmakers must respect the will of the voters but argues that lawmakers should also have the flexibility to fix "any unintended consequences of initiatives." The three-fourths requirement set by the proposed amendment, would make that very difficult, he said.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Missouri signature requirements
To qualify for the ballot, the initiative required signatures from registered voters equal to 5% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot were due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.
A total of eight versions were filed with the Missouri Secretary of State. Two were certified for petition circulation on May 16, 2011, while four were certified on June 21. An additional two were certified on June 27.
- Missouri "puppy mill" revisions lead to initiative legislative tampering proposal
- Three Missouri initiatives begin petition circulation following Secretary of State approval
- KSPR News, "Missouri Farmers Organize Town Hall Tuesday As Prop B Creators Push New Ballot Initiative," November 29, 2011 (dead link)
- News-Press Now, "Voter act could be on ballot next year," July 19, 2011
- The Columbia Tribune, "Dog-breeding law catalyzes new initiative," July 12, 2011
- Associated Press, "Mo. ballot measure aimed at initiative petitions," June 28, 2011
- OzarksFirst.com, "Humane Society Leads Ballot Initiative to Reform Ballot Initiatives," June 21, 2011 (dead link)
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Three Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation for 2012 Ballot," May 16, 2011
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Four Initiative Petitions Relating to Citizen Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation for 2012 Ballot," June 21, 2011
- Kansas City Star, "He's baaack. Wayne Pacelle pushing new initiative in Missouri," June 16, 2011
- Associated Press, "Proposed Mo. ballot measure seeks to make it harder for Legislature to alter voter-backed laws," June 28, 2011
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Forces join for voter initiatives," August 16, 2011
- Riverfront Times, "Humane Society's Wayne Pacelle Fires Back Over Puppy Mill Compromise," June 15, 2011
- KRCG 13, "HSUS sets sights on new Missouri initiative," July 18, 2011
- Associated Press, "Humane Society of US financing Mo. initiative to make harder to change voter-approved laws," July 18, 2011
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Two Initiative Petitions Relating to Citizen Initiative Petitions Approved for Circulation for 2012 Ballot," June 27, 2011
- Riverfront Times, "Group Cleared for Petition Drive to Strengthen Will of Missouri Voters," June 28, 2011