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November 2 Ballot Questions, Propositions, and Constitutional Amendments

Kansas City, MO – Listen to this broadcast of Up to Date here.

Puppy mills, the earning tax and voting rights for the mentally ill. Depending on which state you live in, one or more of these things will be on your ballot when you vote next week.

But with confusing legislative language, it can be tough to understand what these ballot initiatives will actually do.

Missouri Ballot Issues:

During the first half of the show, Steve Kraske talked about Missouri, with KCUR's Steve Bell, KRCU's Jacob McCleland, and The Kansas City Star's Jason Noble who talk about Proposition A (the earnings tax), Proposition B (puppy mill legislation) and three proposed constitutional amendments.

Judge Jay Daugherty of the 16th Judicial Circuit, Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri explained who all those judges are whose names you'll see on your long ballot - and explain why you should say "yes" to retaining them (unless, of course, you have a good reason for voting "no.")

Kansas Ballot Issues:

In the second half, UTD examined two amendments on the Kansas ballot. Mark Wiebe, Director of Public Affairs for the Wyandot Center discussed a proposed amendment to eliminate a 1974 provision in the Kansas Constitution which allows the Kansas Legislature to prohibit mentally ill persons from voting. David Klepper of The Kansas City Star explained a gun rights amendment on the ballot.

Up To Date
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.