Election Day is less than two weeks away! I want you to have ballot language and voter impact information. For the most information in a single location you can visit the Secretary of State's (SOS) website which contains a variety of election information. The main elections page can be found on the "Elections Page". There you can also find all election ballot measures, including the exact language.
Below is information provided by the Secretary of State's office concerning Prop E - The Health Insurance Exchange.
Shall Missouri Law be amended to prohibit the Governor or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature?
No direct costs or savings for state and local governmental entities are expected from this proposal. Indirect costs or savings related to enforcement actions, missed federal funding, avoided implementation costs, and other issues are unknown.
Again the Missouri Foundation for Health has provided a simple to understand explanation of the voters' impact:
Yes Vote / Supporters
Missouri law will prohibit the Governor from issuing an executive order to establish a health insurance exchange. Missouri law will block state officials, agencies, and other stakeholders from working to implement a health insurance exchange without legislative authorization or voter approval.
Proposition E would delay the creation of state-based health insurance exchanges in Missouri. The Governor should have specific authority from voters or the legislature before an exchange is implemented.
No Vote / Opponents
Missouri law will allow state officials, agencies, and other stakeholders to move forward in working on plans to implement a health insurance exchange in Missouri. No additional legislation will be required for a federal exchange, however, a state-based exchange may require specific state legislation.
Proposition E would slow exchange implementation by limiting the ability of state officials, agencies, and other stakeholders to evaluate key decisions and accomplish major tasks before an exchange is operational.
You can view the Cape Girardeau County Election Authority's November 6, SAMPLE BALLOT on the County's website. Cape Girardeau County residents will be asked to vote Yes/No to impose 0.25% sales tax for the purpose of funding the operation and maintenance of a donated community center building and funding other local park improvements and operations.
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