Statement, Missouri State Auditor’s Office on recent legal action related to referendums

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) – The Missouri State Auditor’s Office Friday released a statement regarding pending litigation related to the referendum process.  The Audit or’s Office was named in the suit (ACLU v. Ashcroft) because the office is currently fulfilling its responsibility to create a fiscal note and a fiscal note summary for proposed ballot measures.  Attorneys for the auditor’s office formally entered into the case today and will be taking further action next week.

“Auditor Galloway has consistently expressed a deep concern about efforts to stifle the voice of the people on ballot initiatives.  She disagrees with this latest attempt to limit the power of Missourians to have their voices heard.  Auditor Nicole Galloway is fighting to uphold citizens’ constitutional rights to hold Jefferson City accountable through the referendum process.”

Under state law, within 20 days of receiving a proposed petition, the State Auditor’s Office sends the fiscal note and fiscal note summary to the Attorney General.  That process is underway and will continue.