Initiative Petition Relating to Repealing the Nonpartisan Court Plan Approved for Circulation for 2010 Ballot

Initiative
Petition Relating to

Repealing
the Nonpartisan Court Plan Approved for Circulation
for 2010 Ballot

Jefferson
City, Missouri – Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced today that a new
initiative petition met state standards for circulation. The petition would
amend the Missouri Constitution relating to the repeal of the nonpartisan court
plan.

The
ballot title for the petition relating to the repeal of the nonpartisan court
plan reads:

Shall
the Missouri Constitution be amended to repeal the current nonpartisan court
plan for the selection of judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and
Courts in St. Louis City and Jackson, Platte, Clay, St. Louis, and Greene
Counties and to create a new method of selecting such judges through appointment
by the Governor with advice and consent of the Missouri
Senate?

It is estimated this
proposal will have annual costs of $121,802 – $129,543 and one-time costs of
$5,660 to state governmental entities. It is estimated this proposal will have
no costs or savings to local governmental entities.

The
petition relating to the repeal of the nonpartisan court plan was submitted by
James
Harris with the group Better Courts for Missouri, PO
Box 1524, Jefferson City, MO 65102, (573) 761-7875

Before
any constitutional changes can be brought before Missouri voters in the November
2010 election, signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight
(8) percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor’s election from six of
the state’s nine congressional districts.

Signatures
on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2010 ballot are due to the
Secretary of State’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 2, 2010.

Before
circulating petitions, state law requires that groups must first have the form
of their petition approved by the Secretary of State and Attorney General. The
Secretary of State then prepares a summary statement of no more than 100 words
and the State Auditor prepares a fiscal impact statement, both of which are
subject to the approval of the Attorney General. When both statements are
approved, they become the official ballot title.

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