Five initiative-petition efforts await decision over which will make the ballot

The Missouri Secretary of State’s office will be busy the next few weeks determining whether five initiative-petition proposals collected enough valid signatures to get on the state’s August or November ballot.

The initiatives turned in by Sunday’s 5 p.m. deadline include:

  • A proposal to legalize marijuana for medical use;
  • A ban on levying sales taxes on professional services, such as hairdressers or real-estate agents;
  • An effort to reinstate campaign-donation limits;
  • Two dueling proposals to increase Missouri’s tobacco tax, now the nation’s lowest, including a 60-cent per pack sales tax increase supported by “Raise Your Hand for Kids.”

Most are proposed constitutional amendments, which require a minimum number of signatures from registered voters that ranges from close to 158,000 signatures, up to almost 169,000. One of the tobacco measures is a proposed change in state law, known as a proposition, so it will require just under 100,000 signatures.

The specific number necessary depends on a complicated formula that requires the signatures to come from at least six of the state’s eight congressional districts. The minimum required depends on which six districts were used.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Kansas City Star


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