Attorney General's Opinion Letter 160-2003
Review and rejection of legal content and form of a fiscal note summary prepared pursuant to Section 116.175, RSMo, concerning a proposed initiative petition relating to the Education and Health Care Protection Amendment (constitutional version #1) on the ground that it contains 51 words, excluding articles.
Contents of letter
December 9, 2003
Honorable Claire C. McCaskill
Missouri State Auditor
224 State Capitol Building
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Dear Auditor McCaskill:
By letter dated December 8, 2003, you have submitted a fiscal note and fiscal note summary prepared pursuant to Section 116.175, RSMo 2000, concerning the initiative petition proposal relating to the Education and Health Care Protection Amendment (constitutional version 1). The fiscal note summary which you submitted is as follows:
This constitutional amendment could generate net sales and use tax revenues only if the conditions for a fiscal emergency exist. The range of sales and use tax generated would be dependent on the level of fiscal emergency, as determined by the drop in revenue. The indirect fiscal impact on state and local governments, if any, is unknown.
Pursuant to Section 116.175, RSMo 2000, we reject the legal form of the fiscal note summary on the ground that it contains fifty one words, excluding articles. Section 116.175.3 provides that a fiscal note summary "shall contain no more than fifty words, excluding articles."
Since our review of the fiscal note summary 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 regarding the objectives of its proponents.
JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON