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Opinion Letter No. 251-2000



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March 20, 2000

Honorable Rebecca McDowell Cook
Missouri Secretary of State
State Capitol Building
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Dear Secretary Cook:

 This opinion is in response to your request for our review under Section 116.332, RSMo, for sufficiency as to form of an initiative petition relating to a proposed law concerning the state board of probation and parole.

 We conclude that the petition must be rejected as to form because the petition omits reference to the city of St. Louis and, instead, references the city of Kansas City, in violation of Section 116.040, RSMo 1999 Supp. The petition also omits the word "proposed" immediately before the word "law" in the paragraph beginning with the word "We" and the words "or herself" in that same paragraph. The petition also adds the words "A Missouri registered voter and resident of the State of Missouri" immediately after the signature line for the circulator's affidavit. The petition also includes "official ballot language" in violation of Section 116.334, RSMo 1999 Supp.

 Because of our rejection of the form of the petition for the reason stated above, we have not reviewed the petition to determine if additional deficiencies exist.

Very truly yours,
Jay Nixon's signature
Attorney General

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