The Humane Society of the United States is striking back at state lawmakers that changed the dog breeders law the organization backed last November. It has provided early financing for the Voter Protection Alliance that will circulate a petition proposing a constitutional amendment intended to keep the legislature from changing voter-approved initiatives. The effort comes on the heels of the legislature changing the dog breeder law the HSUS got passed last November. Two thirds of the funding for the Alliance so far has come as in-kind donations from the HSUS. The rest is from a group called Citizens in Charge.
Part of the proposal says the legislature could only change a voter-approved law if both houses vote 75 percent for a change. That’s more than is required to override a governor’s veto. State Representative Scott Sifton of St. Louis, a spokesman for the group says a majority vote of the legislature should not override something enacted by a majority vote of the people. He says the majority vote “of millions” should not be overridden by the majority of 197 representatives and senators those “millions” elected to represent them.
Sifton thinks the petitions will hit the streets this summer.