Ashcroft denies third petition on abortion law as judge hears challenges

5 months 4 days 12 hours ago Tuesday, June 11 2019 Jun 11, 2019 Tuesday, June 11, 2019 10:24:00 AM CDT June 11, 2019 in News
By: Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager and Bailey Yang, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - A Cole County judge will hear arguments Tuesday in two requests to block Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft from denying petitions related to Missouri's new abortion law.

On June 6, Ashcroft announced he would reject two petitions to have the people vote on whether to overturn the abortion law. Ashcroft said an emergency clause in the law prevents it from being subject to a referendum.

The ACLU and Joplin businessman David Humphreys, who submitted the referendum petitions, filed motions Thursday and Friday respectively to block Ashcroft's decision. 

Tuesday's hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. with Judge Daniel Green presiding.

During the hearing, the attorney for the Missouri secretary of state's office, John Sauer, said it would be "legally improper" to issue a temporary restraining order under the current circumstance. 

"Based on repeated statements by the Missouri Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, a TRO maintain the status quo," he said. "It is unquestionable that it actually being requested here is a disruption and overturning of the status quo."

Sauer also said the appropriate remedy for a private citizen seeking to compel a state official to engage an affirmative act in complying with the law is through the writs of mandamus. 

Lowell Pearson, the attorney of businessman David Humphreys, said he only asked for very limited relief in Tuesday's hearing, which is to have all three state officials do what they are required to do while the court sorts out the partial emergency clause. 

He said the referendum procedure they vote on is the fundamental constitutional right, and it should be protected. 

Judge Daniel Green called for another hearing for this case next Monday at the end of Tuesday's hearing.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - City manager John Glascock named De'Carlon Seewood as Columbia's new deputy city manager Tuesday. Seewood will... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:45:00 PM CST November 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - One passenger was injured when a Columbia city bus slid on a patch of ice Tuesday morning. ... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:37:00 PM CST November 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Winter started with an early preview in October , but it went full throttle at the start of... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:20:00 PM CST November 12, 2019 in Climate
COLUMBIA - A combination of low temperatures and steady snowfall left roads slick and icy this morning around Columbia. ... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:13:00 PM CST November 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA ­– KOMU 8, Mid-Missouri’s CW and Mediacom agree to a new, multiyear agreement well before expiration of their current... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:10:00 PM CST November 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — People around Missouri were able to see a fireball in the sky around 9 on Monday night. ... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 1:53:00 PM CST November 12, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department is now streamlining information sharing for emergency situations through "Smart 911." ... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 1:19:00 PM CST November 12, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright have agreed to a contract for the 2020 season,... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 12:29:24 PM CST November 12, 2019 in Sports
COLUMBIA - Judge Tracy Gonzalez issued an order Tuesday denying bond reduction for a man suspected in the disappearance of... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 10:36:08 AM CST November 12, 2019 in News
ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was admitted to a hospital on Monday evening for a surgery... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:30:00 AM CST November 12, 2019 in News
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Drew Lock will get the chance to salvage his rookie season in Denver and show Broncos... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:07:57 AM CST November 12, 2019 in Sports
COLUMBIA - Veterans from three major wars flew to Washington D.C. early Tuesday morning for the final Central Missouri Honor... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, November 12 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:53:00 AM CST November 12, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — An out-of-control kitchen fire in Jefferson City damaged an apartment Monday evening. The Jefferson City Fire... More >>
3 days ago Monday, November 11 2019 Nov 11, 2019 Monday, November 11, 2019 10:48:00 PM CST November 11, 2019 in News
PARIS, Mo. — A veteran of three wars is one of 108 mid- Missouri veterans who are visiting their memorials... More >>
3 days ago Monday, November 11 2019 Nov 11, 2019 Monday, November 11, 2019 10:13:00 PM CST November 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public Schools’ Board of Education unanimously approved its 2020-2021 calendar Monday night, aligning with a house... More >>
3 days ago Monday, November 11 2019 Nov 11, 2019 Monday, November 11, 2019 8:13:00 PM CST November 11, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA - Winter weather has hit Missouri and the cold weather is not leaving the state soon. People are continuing... More >>
3 days ago Monday, November 11 2019 Nov 11, 2019 Monday, November 11, 2019 6:35:00 PM CST November 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Finding reason for optimism in a shut out is not easy. But true freshman quarterback Connor Bazelak provided... More >>
3 days ago Monday, November 11 2019 Nov 11, 2019 Monday, November 11, 2019 6:00:00 PM CST November 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Truman VA Hospital initiated a Warm Haven program to help shelter veterans overnight as community shelters are... More >>
3 days ago Monday, November 11 2019 Nov 11, 2019 Monday, November 11, 2019 5:58:00 PM CST November 11, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 26°
2am 26°
3am 25°
4am 25°
5am 24°