JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's children would be granted the right to a smoke-free environment under a proposed amendment to the state's constitution. In it, adults exposing children in their custody to second-hand smoke would be considered to be illegally endangering the children's welfare.
Best of Times, a group based in Independence, is circulating an initiative petition to put the constitutional question on the November ballot. The secretary of state's office estimates the group will need more than 100,000 signatures from registered voters.
Three other initiative petitions to amend the constitution have been approved by the secretary of state. These amendments would ban cock fighting, allow local governments to regulate billboards and publicly finance political campaigns.