Foes of affirmative action will try again

JEFFERSON CITY — Critics of state affirmative action programs will try again in 2010 to get Missourians to approve a constitutional amendment banning them.

The secretary of state’s office announced Thursday that it had approved for circulation a proposed ballot measure restricting affirmative action programs in public contracting, employment and education.

Ballot measure supporters must collect from six of the state’s nine congressional districts, signatures totaling at least 8 percent of the votes in this year’s gubernatorial election.

There was an attempt to get an anti-affirmative action measure on this year’s ballot, but supporters never submitted signatures.

Voters in Nebraska this year approved similar affirmative action restrictions while they were rejected in Colorado.

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