Friday, 31 August 2012

Nuclear Weapons-- Prevention of Kansas Citys Future Financial Involvement in Nuclear Weapons Components Facilities


  • 8-30-2012
Press Release : Kansas City Peace Planters    August 30, 2012
Contacts:
Rachel M. MacNair, Ph.D., Petition Coordinator, 816.753.2057
Henry M. Stoever, Attorney-at-Law, 913.375.0045           

Web page: foolish-investment.com

Initiative: Prevention of the City’s Future Financial Involvement in Nuclear Weapons Components Facilities
The City of Kansas City, Missouri ("the City") shall not enter into, facilitate, nor give permission for any future contracts whereby it will be directly financially involved in any facilities that produce or procure components for, assemble, or refurbish nuclear weapons (except for outside infrastructure improvements customarily provided by cities and governmental services ordinarily provided to citizens). The City is also barred in the future from funding or subsidizing such a facility through taxes, bonds, loans, tax credits, credit, or any other financial scheme or mechanism. The definition of such a facility does not include providers of goods and services which were not produced for the purpose of nuclear weapons components production but which may be purchased by such a facility as a consumer.

At this afternoon’s legislative session, the Kansas City Missouri City Council voted to place the citizen’s initiative (wording below) on the ballot for April 2, 2013.
They did first add an amendment to clarify that they were voting for it because they legally had to according to the Charter, even though they disapproved of it. Since this was adding a detail which was true, and which may have made them more likely to place it on the ballot, this did not strike us as a problem. This amendment will not be on the ballot, but only the ordinance wording as below.

The reason for the April 2 date instead of November 6 is that the deadline for November passed on August 28. .......
  
Prevention of the City’s Future Financial Involvement in Nuclear Weapons Components Facilities
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The City of Kansas City, Missouri ("the City") shall not enter into, facilitate, nor give permission for any future contracts whereby it will be directly financially involved in any facilities that produce or procure components for, assemble, or refurbish nuclear weapons (except for outside infrastructure improvements customarily provided by cities and governmental services ordinarily provided to citizens). The City is also barred in the future from funding or subsidizing such a facility through taxes, bonds, loans, tax credits, credit, or any other financial scheme or mechanism. The definition of such a facility does not include providers of goods and services which were not produced for the purpose of nuclear weapons components production but which may be purchased by such a facility as a consumer.

(original http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org/news/2012/08/30/prevention-of-kansas-citys-future-financial-involvement-in-nuclear-weapons-components-facilities.html)

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