What is an initiative petition?

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JANUARY, 2016

Petitions are starting to pop up around Missouri – but how do petitions actually become law?

1. Submit proposed petitions to the secretary of state’s office.

2. The state auditor prepares a financial impact summary (called a fiscal note).

3. The secretary of state’s office certifies the official ballot title, summary language and fiscal note summary.

4. Petitioners collect signatures.

5. The Secretary of state verifies signatures.

6. Finally, the petition will be voted on in the general election.

The Missouri Secretary of State has published an overview of the initiative petition process on their website entitled: Make Your Voice Heard: Missouri’s Initiative Petition Process. Check it out here: http://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/Elections/Petitions/Make%20Your%20Voice%20Heard_11.12.2014.pdf

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What Was Life Like 100 Years Ago?

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JANUARY, 2016

We just said goodbye to 2015, but did you ever stop to think about how much has changed since 1915? As we start off a new year and see all the amazing changes in technology, energy, and communications, it is easy to take them for granted. That is why today’s blog will be a quick reminder of what life was like just 100 years ago.

  • In 1915 the average worker’s annual salary was $1,100. In 2015, the average annual utility bill was $1,369.
  • In 1915 only 8% of households had telephones. In 2015, 91% of US adults had a cell phone.
  • In 1915 gasoline was sold in drug stores, and the average speed was 10 MPH. In 2015, the Tesla Model S electric car has a top speed of 130 MPH.
  • In 1915 the population of Las Vegas was 30 people. In 2015, the population of Las Vegas was 2.1 million and the average hotel on the strip spends $100,000 per month on electricity.I wonder what the next 100 years will bring? There are amazing technological advances being made in battery storage, solar and wind energy, and small nuclear reactors that I discussed in a previous blog. These are exciting times in the energy industry, and in 100 years someone will read this blog and be amazed at how much has changed since 2016.Until next week … Happy New Year!

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