Suit Against RYH4K Petition

Stinson Leonard’s Chuck Hatfield filed a suit on Friday in Cole County on behalf of plaintiff Jim Boeving alleging that Secretary of State Jason Kander’s summary language and Auditor Nicole Galloway’s fiscal note for the Raise Your Hand for Kids’ initiative petition are both “insufficient” and “unfair.”  It also says that the proposal violates the Missouri Constitution.


Hatfield is a registered lobbyist with Cheyenne International LLC, one of the so-called “Little Tobacco” companies.  In this situation, they are the makers of “certain” cigarettes which face a higher tax if voters would approve the proposal.


These suits are pretty much always part of the obstacle course for getting a proposal on the ballot.


Originally in January 19 MOScout.