July 29, 2014

Gov. Nixon sets 5 proposed constitutional amendments for August primary ballot

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has set August 5 as the date for several proposed changes to Missouri’s Constitution, including the three-fourths of one cent sales tax to support transportation that was adopted by the legislature this year. Three other proposed amendments will appear on the November 4 ballot.

The issues Nixon has put on the August 5 ballot are:

  • House Joint Resolution No. 11, passed by the General Assembly in 2013, proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include language forever guaranteeing the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices.
  • House Joint Resolution No. 48, passed by the General Assembly in 2014, 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.
  • House Joint Resolution No. 68, passed by the General Assembly in 2014, proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to enact an additional sales tax to fund infrastructure projects including highways and roads.
  • Senate Joint Resolution No. 27, passed by the General Assembly in 2014, 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.
  • Senate Joint Resolution No. 36, passed by the General Assembly in 2014, 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.

That leaves on the November 4 ballot:

  • House Joint Resolution No. 16, passed by the General Assembly in 2013, 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.
  • House Joint Resolution No. 72, passed by the General Assembly in 2014, proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include language relating to a governor’s fiscal management authority.
  • House Joint Resolution No. 90, passed by the General Assembly in 2014, 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.

Two other issues are still pending certification for the November ballot.

 See the release from Nixon’s office