HB 1628 -- Summary Statement for Ballot Measures
This bill prohibits the Secretary of State from preparing a
ballot summary statement for any ballot measure in which a family
member of the secretary within the second degree of consanguinity
or a person married to a family member within the same degree has
a financial interest in the outcome of the ballot measure in
excess of $50,000.
If the Secretary of State is required to recuse himself or
herself, the Governor must assume responsibility for the summary
statement. Proof of a violation of this recusal requirement will
result in an irrebutable presumption that the summary statement
of the official ballot is insufficient and unfair and requires
the court to write sufficient and fair language. The court must
also issue an order requiring the Secretary of State to forfeit
his or her office and the vacancy to be filled by the Governor in
accordance with Section 28.190, RSMo.
The bill contains a referendum clause and will be submitted to
qualified voters in November 2012.