Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) has made changes to the initiative petition process.
Effective immediately, the Secretary of State’s office will begin posting initiative petitions to its website before the summary language is written. Kander has also authorized 5-day comment periods that will begin the same day the initiative petitions are posted.
“When I traveled around the state, a lot of people had concerns about whether or not it was done in secret, behind closed doors," Kander said. "So I decided to make it more transparent and to allow for public input.”
Kander says beforehand, the public could not view initiative petitions before their ballot summary language was written unless they first submitted a Sunshine Law request.