Citizens for a Smoke-free Nodaway County have given up their attempt to get a workplace smoking ban petition referendum before Maryville voters during the April 6 election. But organizers of the effort to prohibit smoking inside all places of employment inside the city limits, including private clubs, say they will soldier on and have set their sights on the following election date of June 8. Teri Harr, a spokesperson for the smoke-free coalition and the health education coordinator at St.
A plan to seek a statewide referendum on repealing the earnings tax in Kansas City and St. Louis might actually skip Kansas City, organizer Marc Ellinger said Tuesday. Just before Christmas, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan approved the circulation of five initiative petitions which would put the earnings tax in both cities on the statewide ballot in November, assuming sufficient signatures. (For those keeping score, the petitions are numbers 1,3,5,7 and 9).
The ballot initiative that would require dog-breeding facilities to provide dogs with basic necessities such as food, water, protection from extreme temperatures, and room to stand up and turn around is well within reason and long overdue (“Ballot initiative would force better living conditions for dogs in Missouri kennels,” Dec. 20).
The Christian County Library board voted Friday to send a proposed property tax increase back to voters in April. The ballot measure, which failed by 52 percent in November, would once again ask voters to increase the library’s collected tax levy from 8.7 cents to 25 cents per $100 assess valuation.
A Missouri group backing ballot initiatives limiting the use of eminent domain claimed yesterday to have recorded evidence that opponents are using the courts to try to delay its petition drive. Missouri Citizens for Property Rights has proposed a pair of constitutional amendments for 2010 that seek to prevent a person’s home, business or other property from being condemned for private development, such as a shopping center.
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, a new political action committee, has launched a statewide signature-gathering campaign to get a constitution amendment on the ballot to protect the lives of man’s best friend.
A Springfield-based grassroots movement to let patients choose their own doctors is gaining steam, but its efforts are not without opposition. At issue, according to organizers of Missourians United for Choice in Healthcare, is the unique relationship between doctors and patients. It’s a relationship that is based on trust, developing over time and steeped in issues of everyday living as well as life and death.
A bid to put Paul McKee’s NorthSide redevelopment plan on the February ballot has come up short. Thursday was the deadline for signatures on a referendum challenging an agreement signed last month by St.Louis Mayor Francis Slay to give McKee the right to move forward with his $8.1 billion plan, and nearly $400 million in tax-backed financing.
Last week, as I was writing about some of the ways the peoples’ voice is silenced, the St. Louis, Missouri police were busy silencing Gustavo Rendon by taking away his first amendment right to free speech.