Gov. Nixon signs bill bringing accountability to ballot initiative process
Gov. Jay Nixon signed H.B. 117. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Tony Dugger, R-144, establishes a petition circulation and sponsoring signature requirements and duties for the secretary of state regarding such petitions. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President Chuck Massengill said it was important for this bill to be signed into law so that we can restore accountability in the initiative petition process.
“As a cattleman, I am glad to have the support of the governor on bringing transparency to the petition process,” said Massengill. “This ensures that getting an initiative on the ballot is not as simple as gathering signatures by outside groups determined to destroy our industry.”
This bill requires that a public hearing in Jefferson City be held within 30 days of the certification of the petition and will allow time for public comments to be presented concerning the proposed measure.
Massengill said MCA mobilized its members on this priority issue and cattlemen were present in the state Capitol every week during the legislative session to stress the importance of H.B. 117. He said MCA members made their voices heard and certainly contributed to the passage of this legislation.
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association was initiated in 1911 and is dedicated to improving viability of Missouri’s beef industry. MCA is celebrating its 101st year serving as the voice of Missouri’s 60,000 beef producers. The organization has members from over 100 of Missouri’s 114 counties. MCA is a not-for-profit, grassroots, member-driven organization focused on the protection and promotion of the economic, educational, political and social interests of the Missouri beef cattle industry. Contact MCA at 573-499-9162 or go to www.mocattle.com.
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