RE: [InstantRunoffMO] state bills in 2010
- Hello Eric & all,Thanks, Eric, for working to move this forward. I hope a senator can be found to sponsor.Our senator here in Columbia/Boone County is Kurt Schaefer. He's a Republican, but I think it would be better to look to others first, as he alienated much of the GOP leadership last session, by behaving in a less than courteous fashion toward a fellow, and senior, Republican senator during the CWIP debate.Moreover, as I was on the other side of the CWIP issue from him, it folks did want to approach him, it would probably be better to get someone other than me to do it. This said, if no one better can be found, consider me a back up to talk with Kurt.Also, once a bill is filed, I would be happy to raise the issue with all three of Columbia's state reps.Good luck with this,Mark Haim-----Original Message-----
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Subject: [InstantRunoffMO] state bills in 2010
Hi Everyone,Here in Kansas City, we have received an opinion from the City Attorney's office regarding IRV. They have told us that they believe that implementing IRV in Kansas City would conflict with the state constitution. So we feel that we have little chance of convincing the City Council to support a municipal IRV initiative if they think it will conflict with state law.Therefore, we are focusing our efforts this year on trying to help get an IRV bill passed at the state level that will explicitly state that it will be legal for IRV to be implemented at the municipal level in Missouri. That was the exact purpose of the state IRV bills introduced last term by Jake Zimmerman (D) in the House and Jeff Smith (R) in the Senate.Representative Zimmerman has let us know that he plans to introduce the bill again this year in the House. But Jeff Smith has resigned. So we need another State Senator to sponsor the same bill in the Senate. It would be preferable to have a Republican Senator to show bi-partisan support for the measure. John Loudon, a former Republican Senator and sponsor of an IRV bill, recommended Sen. Bill Stoufer but he was not interested. His office recommended Sen. Delbert Scott, but I did not get a response from Sen. Scott. Does anyone on this list have a Republican State Senator that they can ask to sponsor the bill? Here is a link to last year's Senate bill:Otherwise, we will look for a Democrat sponsor in the Senate.In other big IRV news, St. Paul, MN is voting on the use of IRV this Tuesday. And the Oscars will use IRV to elect Best Picture from 10 nominees.Thanks,Eric816-237-8089