Attorney General's Opinion Letter 138-2001
Review and rejection of initiative petition pursuant to Section 116.332, RSMo, for sufficiency as to form regarding a proposed constitutional amendment by Steven Reed relating to Rail Passenger Service.
Contents of letter
January 22, 2001
Honorable Matt Blunt
Missouri Secretary of State
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Dear Secretary Blunt:
This opinion letter is in response to your request for our review under Section 116.332, RSMo, of the sufficiency as to form of an initiative petition regarding a proposed constitutional amendment by Steven Reed relating to Rail Passenger Service.
We conclude that the petition form must be rejected for the following reasons:
1. The petition refers to the previous Secretary of State, Rebecca McDowell Cook, as the person to whom the petition is addressed;
2. The petition refers to the next general election date as November 7, 2002, when the next general election is November 5, 2002; and
3.The petition includes a proposed official ballot title which is the responsibility of the Secretary of State to prepare under the provisions of Section 116.334, RSMo 1999 Supp.
Because of our rejection of the form of the petition for the reasons stated above, we have not reviewed the petition to determine if additional deficiencies exist. Pursuant to Section 116.332.3, RSMo, the Secretary of State is authorized to review this opinion and "make a final decision as to the approval or rejection of the form of the petition."
Very truly yours,
JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON