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Reeves v. Kander

Court of Appeals of Missouri, Western District

June 9, 2015

LAURA REEVES, Respondent,
v.
JASON KANDER and JOHN WATSON, Respondents, and RETURNING GOVERNMENT TO THE PEOPLE and TODD S. JONES, Appellants

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Appeal from the Circuit Court of Cole County, Missouri. The Honorable Daniel R. Green, Judge.

For Reeves, Respondent: Marc H. Ellinger and Stephanie S. Bell, Jefferson City, MO.

For Kander, Respondent: Chris Koster, Attorney General, Jeremiah J. Morgan, Deputy Solicitor General, Jonathan M. Hensley, Assistant Attorney General, Jefferson City, MO.

For Auditor Watson, Respondent: Darrell L. Moore, Chief Litigation Counsel, Missouri State Auditor's Office, Jefferson City, MO.

For Appellants: D. John Sauer and Michael Martinich-Sauter, St. Louis, MO.

Before: Karen King Mitchell, Presiding Judge, and Gary D. Witt and Anthony Rex Gabbert, Judges. Gary D. Witt and Anthony Rex Gabbert, Judges, concur.

OPINION

Karen King Mitchell, Presiding Judge.

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Intervenors, Todd S. Jones and Returning Government to the People (collectively " Jones" ), appeal the judgment of the Circuit Court of Cole County, which held that Initiative Petition 2016-007 (" the Initiative" ) violated the Missouri Constitution and ordered that it not appear on the ballot. Because the claims were not ripe for review by the trial court, we reverse.

Facts

On December 2, 2014, Jones presented the Initiative, which contains proposed amendments to Article VIII of the Missouri Constitution related to campaign finance reform, to the Secretary of State. The Secretary certified the following ballot title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
establish limits on campaign contributions by individuals or entities to political parties, political committees, or committees to elect ...

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