The Humane Society of the United States is working, once again, to make changes to the legislative process in Missouri. HSUS has started an initiative petition campaign aimed at making it more difficult for lawmakers to change voter-approved issues. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Senator Bill Stouffer, R-Napton:
“The ‘Your Vote Counts’ measure is going to sound good and they’re going to say if the petition passes it cannot be changed by the legislature unless they have three-quarters of the vote. That is an unattainable number,” Sen. Stouffer said. “The problem with initiative petitions is that they are are one-sided and many times they are written by folks who are not use to writing statutes. Invariably there are mistakes.”
Financial documents show the campaign is mostly funded by out of state backers. Sen. Stouffer added that HSUS is going to attempt to sway voters based on emotions rather than facts. “They’re going to come out with advertisements that say the initiative petition is the will of the people, your vote ought to count, and those mean politicians shouldn’t be changing your vote. The truth is that it could be the end of Missouri as we know it.”
The “Your Vote Counts” Act hopes to gather enough signatures to place the issue on the November ballot. Once the initiative petition proposal is put to a vote, the organization’s national budgets can be used to buy television, radio, newspaper and other advertising. In 2010, HSUS and other stakeholders of Proposition B outspent opponents 20-to-1.