The group spearheading two proposed initiatives intended for the November ballot have given up their legal challenge. Missourians in Charge is the group behind an eminent domain initiative and one to limit the growth of state government spending. Both were rejected by the Secretary of State because of an incorrect fiscal note – how much implementation would cost – and the fact some of the pages in the boxes of signatures were not numbered correctly. Missourians in Charge’s Patrick Tuohey says the decision to call it quits came after a series of legal proceedings that ended with an appeals court sending the case to the State Supreme Court, and having the Supreme Court send it back. Tuohey accuses Secretary of State Robin Carnahan of standing in the way of the will of the people by refusing to allow the people to vote on two important ideas. As for the fiscal note error that was made by the State Auditor’s office, Tuohey says the actions of an incompetent Staet Auditor should not be a reason to deny the people their say. Tuohey is unsure whether he or other members of the group will launch similar petition initiatives in the future.
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