A proposed law letting Missourians generate their own electricity and sell any surplus to utilities for the same price utilities charge customers will be circulated in petition form. Secretary of State Matt Blunt has cleared the way for the petitions to go around. Organizers will need at least 75,000 valid signatures from at least six of the nine congressional districts. Blunt says the issue is a long ways from the 2004 ballot. Televangelist Larry Rice is behind the petition. He says people can generate their own power now, but the utility will pay only about one third as much to purchase the power as it charges consumers who use it.
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