An attorney representing Missourians Against Tax Abuse, the group opposing the tobacco tax initiative, raises concerns about the future of the initiative petition process in the wake of this week’s State Supreme Court ruling. Marc Ellinger’s argument throughout the legal process has been that supporters of the initiative made a lot of mistakes in collecting the signatures needed to get the issue on the November ballot. Despite the problems, a lower court and then the Supreme Court agreed voters should decide the matter next month. Ellinger says the Court has decided that anything goes when it comes to the initiative process. He says the process has gotten to the point where rules and guidelines must be enforced. He says that by ignoring the rules and the guidelines the Court has indicated it will bend over backwards to allow these initiatives to appear on ballots, regardless of the errors made by those collecting signatures.
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