Missouri right-to-work ballot proposal challenged in court

Supporters of Missouri’s new “right-to-work” law have filed another lawsuit seeking to scuttle an attempt by labor officials to put the issue before voters.

In a suit filed Friday in Cole County, attorneys representing two Kansas City police officers and a nurse from Liberty allege that wording for a proposed ballot initiative is riddled with “embarrassing” grammatical errors and is therefore unfair.

The lawsuit is seeking that the summary statement approved last month by Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft be replaced.

“The summary statement should accurately reflect both the legal and probable effects of the proposed initiative and be fair and impartial so that the voters are not deceived or mislead,” the lawsuit notes.

In a statement, Ashcroft defended the petition, saying his office has provided voters with clear, concise and complete language.

The legal action represents another attempt to stymie labor officials, who want to give voters the chance to weigh in on the issue after it was pushed quickly through the GOP-controlled Legislature this year and signed into law by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Southeast Missourian


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