When the Missouri legislature passed the bill which led to Proposition B, they included ballot language which accurately described the proposition.

Opponents used a loophole and manufactured flaw in the ballot language, and sued to have the ballot language changed to make it sound more confusing, vague and negative. The argument they used was that the ballot language contained 57 words, when such language is limited by law to 50 words. In the past, words such as 'a', 'the', or 'of' have not been counted in that total. The opponents found a judge favorable to their desires, and prevailed.

Additionally, they managed to get approved confusing and misleading fiscal language added.

What follows is the 'before' and 'after'ballot language:

Before:

After:

The fiscal language is flawed on two counts. Firstly, it is worded in a way that many readers will interpret to mean that many, or even all, local governments risk 1 million dollars apiece, when in fact it refers to a combined statewide total. Secondly, their estimates differed sharply from those of the fiscal analysis conducted by the legislature, which concluded no such costs.

For a more detailed history, see Kevin Jamison's fine analysis of the current state of Prop. B.

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