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Group Cleared for Petition Drive to Strengthen Will of Missouri Voters

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At first they considered calling it the "Voter Protection Act." Then it was to be called "Will of the People Act." And now, finally, the "Your Vote Counts Act."

But in every one of the eight filings Your Vote Counts has made in recent weeks with the Missouri Secretary of State's Office, the objective has been the same: to make it more difficult for state lawmakers to overturn ballot issues approved by the people.

This week, the Secretary of State's Office approved the official wording voters will see in November should the group get enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot. The Cliff Notes: Missouri lawmakers would need a three-fourths majority to overturn a vote by the general public. And the official language:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit the repeal or amendment by the General Assembly of a statute enacted by citizen initiative passed by the voters of Missouri, except by either a three-fourths vote of the members of each house or a vote of the people through a referendum or unless such statute explicitly provides that the general assembly may repeal or amend it by a majority vote of the members of each house?
As Daily RFT was one of the first to report this month, Your Vote Counts comes nipping at the heels of legislation passed this spring in which Missouri lawmakers gutted a ballot issue calling for new regulations for dog breeders.

As it happens, the newly formed Your Vote Counts is backed by the Humane Society of the United States, the same agency that helped pass Prop. B, the anti-puppy-mill initiative passed in November by 51.6 percent of voters only to be dismantled by lawmakers.

Brad Ketcher, treasurer for Your Vote Counts, tells Daily RFT that his organization plans to begin collecting signatures in the next few days. And they'll need to work like dogs to get it. State law mandates that to get an issue on the ballot, you need the signatures of at least eight percent of voters who cast ballots in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts.

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Quorndawg
Quorndawg

Sounds like you all support puppy mills and factory farms, which add to the GHG that affect climate change that will send more destructive tornados to tornado alley.  Enjoy.

Show me state indeed.  All you are showing me is what ignorant douchebags you all are.

LoupGarouTFTs
LoupGarouTFTs

So, explain what this ballot initiative has to do with improving the lives of animals? The correct answer is "nothing." The HSUS is stomping their collective feet because they didn't get their way and is interfering with the manner in which a state conducts its business so that it (in their opinion) won't happen again. Want proof that the HSUS is nothing but a lobbying group? Look no further. (And guess who is a registered lobbyist in Missouri? I won't name names, but his initials are Wayne Pacelle.)

Terry Ward
Terry Ward

Here come the loonie-tunes...These twerps would have you believe that Wayne Pacelle is drivin' down to Missouri in a big pink Peta truck to haul away all the livestock...And everybody's pets....Oh my.Lord save us from knuckleheads....

Beam me up Scotty..The Spook-light's true agenda is FINALLY revealed....  Alien abduction...

We should have known all along.

dogs4life
dogs4life

Shame on HSUS for using donor money meant for animal care to change Missouri's Constition.  This has nothing to do with animals and HSUS has no business spending funds that SHOULD be used to help cash strapped Local Shelters.

Wuzzittoya
Wuzzittoya

So sick of propaganda campaigns by lobbyists preying on people who want to do the right thing!  Prop B was useless as written, had no funding for enforcement, etc.  HSUS's agenda is NOT what it looks like, and they use citizen ballot initiatives to write bad law and attempt to get it enacted.  They do this in every state.  They are NOT an "animal protection" group, they are an "animal rights" group, which is a BIG difference.  Their goal is the EXTINCTION of domesticated animals!  That's right, they want no more pet cats, pet dogs, no more beef, poultry or pork on your tables, etc.  They sell it as "humane" farming practices, but they want to make farming so expensive that it drives them out of business.  Pacelle has said he would be happy to see the extinction of all domesticated species.  Do you really want to not have your dog that is sitting at your feet, or the cat that is laying beside you?  Is their life with you so terrible?  Right now I'm looking at a dog sprawled at my feet in the air conditioning, the cat beside me, knowing they have food, water, medical care as necessary, regularly taken care of kitty litter...  look at my outside chickens with their daily scratch grains, water, chicken crumbles, treats, look at the chicken that lives INSIDE because she bonded to me and seems to think I'm her mother... and really wonder why this is such a "BAD" life for any of them...

Michelle Davis
Michelle Davis

Prob B was NOT gutted - it was actually STRENGTHENED with enforcement power and more funding. H$U$ is just mad the 50 dog limit was taken out

Egolterman
Egolterman

In any legislative 'body' where lobbyists outnumber lawmakers, no citizen's vote counts, ever.

LoupGarouTFTs
LoupGarouTFTs

So, because people disagree with you, they are automatically animal abusers? What an interesting viewpoint. Do you extend that point of view to all areas of your life or are you simply that narrow-minded on this one aspect of it?

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Can't help the animals with new laws if our legislator and governor are in the pockets of big agribusiness, such as the Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Cattlemen's association. Evidently the politicians in this state care more for these organizations than the people.

The only way new animals laws will stick is if the legislator is prevented from disregarding the will of the people because some cattleman from Indiana comes into the state and tosses money around.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

HSUS is using the money donated to it to fight for animal welfare. In this state, the legislator and the governor are in the pocket of big agribusiness interests--to the point where they have told the people in Missouri that our vote doesn't count.

So HSUS and other organizations have to go to the people for new laws that care for the animals. But the only way this will work is if the laws are actually allowed to stand.

We have leadership indifferent to the wishes of the majority of citizens in Missouri. Time to remind them who is boss.

Evidently to agribusiness interests in this state, a vote is a dangerous thing and they're working to limit it as much as possible. Evidently you agree with that philosophy.

Quorndawg
Quorndawg

Care to provide a link as to the HSUS wanting the extinction of domestic animals? 

Cue the crickets.....

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Proposition B was gutted. Many other of the regulations were removed along with the 50 dog limit. And how nice to know that Nixon et al support places where hundreds of dogs are kept in small cages their entire lives.

Quorndawg
Quorndawg

Strengthened?  Get your head out of the sand girl.  You have humanewitchhunt talking points down, though.  Congratulations on that.

LoupGarouTFTs
LoupGarouTFTs

Is your philosophy of life set down in only one all-encompassing post? What is your lifetime goal. Provide a link to it. If you can't, I can only assume that you don't exist--cue the crickets . . . (an ellipsis consists of three periods, preceded and followed by a space--just for future reference).

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

If you're going to correct syntax, better make sure you know what you're talking about.

The Chicago Manual of Style states that for an ellipses at the end of a sentence, you type three dots followed by a period for a total of four dots.

And now that we have this useless bit of misdirection out of the way, where exactly is the link to the article or page at HSUS that states the organization wants to eliminate domestic animals?

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