Tag: chuck hatfield

Copy and pasting deemed not great for constitutional amendments on podcast

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With Amendment 2 in effect for a few months now, #moleg podcast sat down with Chuck Hatfield, longtime attorney superstar in the Capitol, campaign finance extraordinaire, and a partner at Stinson Leonard Street law firm. The law, which took effect in June, establishes that candidate committees […]

What you need to know about Missouri’s evolving campaign finance laws

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorney General Josh Hawley announced last week that he would appeal a decision from U.S. District Court Judge Ortrie Smith from early May that found many parts of Missouri’s new campaign contribution limits amendment unconstitutional. “As attorney general, I have a duty to defend the laws […]

Ethics reform takes center stage on Inauguration Day as Greitens signs executive order

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov.-elect Eric Greitens’ first order as the head of Missouri will be to bring ethics reform to his new office. “We just promised the people of Missouri that we’re going to get to work, and now, we’re here to get to work,” Greitens said. “We promised […]

High number of initiative petition filings puts strain on auditor’s office

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office is currently experiencing a glut of initiative petitions that are wearing its resources thin. Between Nov. 21 and Dec. 8 – a span of just two-and-a-half weeks – 88 initiative petitions were submitted to the state auditor’s office by Secretary of […]

Legal battle over signatures of early childhood education petition continues

Opponents also challenged the constitutionality of the ballot question JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Opponents are again claiming in legal filings that the Early Childhood Health and Education Amendment should not be allowed to go forward because it is unconstitutional and because the initiative petition was not distributed under the the official […]

Kander finalizes RYH4K petition to be on ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a message to election authorities across Missouri, Secretary of State Jason Kander boldly stated he would certify the Early Childhood Education and Health Amendment is it attains the required number of signatures, despite its ordeal in the courts last week. The Western District Court of Appeals determined in […]

RYH4K ballot issue opponents declare victory; supporters urge Kander to approve signatures

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Western District Court of Appeals in Missouri made a final ruling Friday on the case involving the Early Childhood Education and Health Amendment ballot measure promoted by Raise Your Hands for Kids (RYH4K). In his ruling, Presiding Judge Alok Ahuja denied a motion to dismiss the […]

Supreme Court decision leaves Kander with unprecedented decision

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Secretary of State Jason Kander faces an unprecedented decision after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a judge’s decision to rewrite the Early Childhood Health and Education Amendment. For the first time in Missouri history, a secretary of state must decide whether to […]

Kander files for Supreme Court to hear case on RYH4K petition

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Secretary of State Jason Kander filed an application late Tuesday to transfer a case on the Early Childhood Education and Health Amendment initiative petition to the Supreme Court. The IP, filed by Raise Your Hands For Kids (RYH4K), could potentially be stricken from the ballot because its language […]

Early childhood IP summary rewritten by appeals judge

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The early childhood initiative petition (IP) language was again changed this evening, as the Court of Appeals overturned the circuit court decision from May to vacate the fiscal note. Judge Alok Ahuja signed an opinion deeming the fiscal note as fair and sufficient, but declaring the […]