- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)45
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)35
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Mo. proposal would alter standards for initiatives
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers are considering whether initiative petition canvassers should have to collect signatures from throughout state to qualify for the ballot.
Currently, initiative supporters must get signatures equal to 5 percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election, from two-thirds of the congressional districts. That threshold rises to 8 percent if they are proposing a change to the state constitution. Supporters often concentrate on districts with the largest cities.
A proposed constitutional amendment that has passed the House and faces a Monday hearing in a Senate committee would require signatures from all congressional districts. But the number needed would drop to 3.25 percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election for a statutory measure and 5.25 percent for a constitutional amendment.
Initiative is HJR47.