Ward Connerly has lost again in Missouri. Connerly's supporters in Missouri were attempting to put a measure on this November's ballot that, if passed, would have made affirmative action illegal in that state. But they withdrew the measure when faced with an ACLU challenge over the measure's language. A similar measure failed to get on the ballot in 2008 as well.
Such a measure would have had a major impact on the state's Office of Supplier and Workforce Diversity. It also may have impacted the contracting programs of Jackson County and Kansas City.
At the same time, a legislator in Utah has introduced legislation in that state that would ban affirmative action. The impact would be mainly in the areas of higher education and employment. Neither the state nor local governments have affirmative action in procurement or contracting. However, it would restrict their ability to create such a program in the future.