Attorney General's Opinion Letter 160-2001
Review and approval pursuant to Section 116.332, RSMo, of the sufficiency as to form of an initiative petition relating to the amending of Section 195.010, RSMo.
Contents of letter
March 21, 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 relating to the amending of Section 195.010, RSMo.
The word "be" is omitted between the words "to" and "held." However, the form remains substantially in compliance with Section 116.040. We approve the petition as to form. However, since the Secretary of State has been given final approval or rejection authority under Section 116.332, our approval of the form of the petition does not preclude you from rejecting the petition.
Inasmuch as our review is simply for the purpose of determining sufficiency as to form, the fact that we do not reject the petition is not to be construed as a determination that the petition is sufficient as to substance. Likewise, since our review is mandated by statute, no action we take with respect to such review should be construed as an endorsement of the petition or as the expression of any view respecting the adequacy or inadequacy of the petition generally or of the objectives of its proponents.
Very truly yours,
JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON