JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – For the second time in two months, a Cole County judge has rewritten a controversial ballot issue, this time for a proposed state constitutional amendment banning a type of embryonic stem-cell research. Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s version of the amendment was “insufficient and unfair” but gave no reasons why in her opinion.
The measure would reverse part of a 2006 amendment that allowed stem-cell research and treatments in Missouri. The amendment would prohibit embryonic cloning technique.
The amendment is expected to be on the November ballot. In January, Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan rewrote another of Carnahan’s ballot summaries, for a proposal that would limit affirmative-action programs.