Monday, November 9, 2015

Missouri: Springfield Mayor facing petitions over nondiscrimination ordinance

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens is facing threats of a recall, with a petitioner claiming that he is drawing up the petition now. Stephens was "mostly silent" on nondiscrimination ordinance for sexual orientation and gender identity. As the article notes, petitioners think that Stephens "Stacked" a task force in order to get a recommendation to expand the nondiscrimination ordinance.

Petitioners would need about 7900 signatures.There is no timeframe for the signatures, except that it has to take place before six months from the end of his term, thereby ruling out November 2016 (Springfield's recall has to line up with an existing election).  Springfield already has an ongoing recall effort against Councilman Justin Burnett on nipple issues.

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