Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A simple guide to understanding 2014 Missouri Ballot Questions

2014 Missouri Ballot Questions
(Reprinted from Axiom Strategies by Aaron Baker)

In 2014, voters will be asked to consider at least eight ballot issues. To add to the confusion, there may be two different proposals for “early voting” on the same ballot that will have much different consequences in future elections. The version with the most votes will be enacted into law.

The final two issues listed below, dealing with early voting and teacher tenure, are initiative petitions that have not received final approval at this time. However, organizers of both campaigns feel confident they have collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Measures for the August 5, 2014 ballot:

Amendment 1
Protecting the Right-to-Farm
Proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include language forever guaranteeing the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices.
From HJR Nos. 11 & 7 (5/14/13)
Sponsor Rep. Bill Reiboldt (R – Neosho)

Veterans Lottery Ticket
Proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to direct the state lottery commission to develop and begin selling a ‘Veterans Lottery Ticket’, from which all net proceeds would be deposited into the Missouri Veterans’ Commission’s capital improvement trust fund.
From HJR 48 (5/15/2014)
Sponsor: Rep. Sheila Solon (R - Blue Springs)

Amendment 7
Sales Tax Increase for Transportation
Proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to enact an additional sales tax to fund infrastructure projects including highways and roads.
From HJR 68 (5/14/2014)
Sponsor: Rep. Dave Hinson (R - St. Clair)

Protecting Electronic Communications and Data
Proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include language stating that people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects.
From: SJR 27 (5/16/14)
Sponsor: Sen. Rob Schaaf (R – St. Joseph)

Right to Keep & Bear Arms
Proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right.
Sponsor: Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R – Columbia)

Measures for the November 4, 2014 ballot:

Amendment 2
Allowing Prior Sex Crimes with Minors to be considered by courts
Proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to allow relevant evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in prosecutions for crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under eighteen years of age. 
From HJR 16 (5/17/13)
Sponsor Rep. John McCaherty (R – High Ridge)

Overriding Budget Withholds by Governor
Proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include language relating to a governor’s fiscal management authority. 
From: HJR 72 (5/16/14)
Sponsor: Rep. Todd Richardson (R - Poplar Bluff)

Enacting Early Voting
Proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to permit voting in person or by mail for a period of six business days prior to and including the Wednesday before the Election Day in all general elections.
Sponsor: Rep. Tony Duggar (R – Hartville)

Measures still being certified for the November 4, 2014 ballot:

Ending Teacher Tenure
Proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting public schools from entering into new contracts having a term or duration in excess of three years with certificated staff with other provisions.
Citizen Sponsor: Marc Ellinger

Enacting Early Voting
Proposes a constitutional amendment to provide all voters a period of six weeks prior to election day to cast a ballot in all federal and state general election at either a central location or satellite locations in larger population jurisdictions.
Citizen Sponsor: Matthew Dameron