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Missouri House Passes Bill to Alter Constitutional Amendment Rules

The Missouri House of Representatives approved Senate Joint Resolution 74 in a bid to change how voters approve constitutional amendments in the state. The resolution proposes that constitutional amendments need to be passed by a majority vote and at least five of the eight congressional districts. The measure is supported by Republican Governor Mike Parson and may be added to the November ballot.

Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, the sponsor of the resolution and a candidate for secretary of state, emphasized the importance of careful deliberation on crucial issues. Despite some opposition in the Senate, she remains hopeful about the resolution’s potential. 

 

House Democrats have criticized the resolution, particularly its provisions regarding voter eligibility. They argue that the proposal would restrict voting rights and could potentially anger voters. However, Republicans argue that the measure aims to ensure geographic fairness and prevent hyper-partisan interests from driving constitutional changes.

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, a Democrat from Springfield, expressed concerns about the proposed voting requirements, labeling them as distractions for voters and unconstitutional. She emphasized the principle of one person, one vote and suggested that the proposal is an attempt to manipulate election outcomes.

Overall, the resolution seeks to bring about changes that align with the conservative values of ensuring fair and balanced representation across the state.

Written by Staff Reports

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