Plain English vs. A Bureaucrat's English
The Missouri Civil Rights Initiative's (MoCRI) proposed language for its November 2008 ballot measure, which has been approved by the Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit any form of discrimination as an act of the state by declaring: The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting?
Language for the ballot measure, with changes, from Secretary of State Carnahan:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ban affirmative-action programs designed to eliminate discrimination against, and improve opportunities for, women and minorities in public contracting, employment, and education?
Hmmmmmmm.... that seems just a little bit different.....
As you might expect, the MoCRI filed a petition in the circuit court of Cole County legally challenging the changes in the ballot language.