2016 likely to bring a number of ballot initiatives

It could be a banner year in Missouri for the 2016 election cycle, with more than 170 proposed ballot initiatives already submitted to state officials.

Petition drives are currently underway throughout Missouri seeking ballot initiatives to tighten political ethics rules, loosen marijuana laws, raise the state minimum wage, increase tobacco taxes and permanently freeze other taxes.

The wide array also includes proposals to reduce the size of the Legislature, eliminate current term limits placed on legislators and even lower the age at which people can be elected to the statehouse.

They are part of more than 170 proposed ballot referenda submitted to state officials as of mid-December for the 2016 election cycle — a record that already far surpasses past years’ total submissions, with several months still to go before the May signature-gathering deadline.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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