Legislator: Petition presents potential conflict

Barnes urges Carnahan to keep hands off new energy petition

Freshman Rep. Jay Barnes has urged Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to let someone else handle a new initiative petition proposal dropped at her office last week.

Unhappy with lawmakers’ changes to a 2008 renewable energy law that more than 2.69 million voters approved by an almost 2-to-1 margin, the group Renew Missouri filed a proposed petition with Carnahan’s office on Thursday, to rewrite the new law.

Barnes reminded her “one of the largest renewable energy suppliers in Missouri is the Wind Capital Group, a firm holding significant investments from members of your family - including your brother, Tom Carnahan, Wind Capital’s Chairman of the Board.”

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In his letter and in an interview Friday, Barnes suggested the secretary of state has a lot of power in the duty to write the language voters will see, if a petition gets enough signatures to land on a statewide ballot.

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