Missourians could vote on four ballot items – if the courts don’t nix them

Missourians could weigh in this fall on four ballot initiatives that Secretary of State Jason Kander certified on Tuesday. But the tally of items could potentially constrict, depending on what courts decide in the coming weeks.

Kander announced four of the proposals had enough signatures to appear the November ballot:

  • A constitutional amendment that raises cigarette taxes by up to $1.27 per pack to fund early childhood education. This is colloquially known as the “Raise Your Hand for Kids” measure.
  • A statutory change that increases tobacco taxes by 23 cents a pack to fund transportation improvements.
  • A constitutional amendment imposing donor contribution limits for some political campaigns.
  • A constitutional amendment barring the Missouri General Assembly from instituting new sales taxes on certain services.

Meanwhile, the use of marijuana for medical treatment will remain illegal in Missouri for the time being. Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medicinal marijuana use failed to get enough valid signatures to get it on November’s ballot. The measure would have also levied a four-cent tax on marijuana purchases that would have been used to fund health care needs for military veterans in Missouri.

A spokesman for the group said they will go to court to fight the invalidating of some signatures and to get the measure on the ballot.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio


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