Judges hearing challenges on affirmative action, Ethics Commission
Jefferson City, Mo. – Judges in Jefferson City heard arguments Monday on two cases that could effect Missouri elections.
In one courtroom there is a challenge to the ballot language on a proposal that would prohibit affirmative action programs.
Supporters want the measure on the November 2008 ballot, but neither supporters nor opponents like the way the secretary of state and auditor summarized the proposal's effect and cost.
In another courtroom, there is a challenge to the Missouri Ethics Commission's decision to hold closed hearings on whether candidates must refund campaign contributions.
At issue are big checks accepted by some candidates between January and mid-July, when contribution limits were reinstated by the Missouri Supreme Court.