It’s been a hot-button topic for the past several years in Jefferson City, a proposal that would make it tougher to pass initiative petitions.

One such proposal comes from Rep. Brad Hudson, R-Cape Fair. He said in addition to the simple 50% plus one simple majority, he proposes that a majority of Missouri’s congressional districts must also approve the measure.

“I think it’s important to mention that the Missouri Constitution is the highest document of our state,” Hudson said. “I’m not talking about statute changes, here. I’m talking about amending that high document, and I do think that we should make it a process where it’s not too easy to do that.”

That means five out of eight Missouri congressional districts would be required in order for the measure to become law.

“What you have with concurrent majority ratification is you got buy in from different areas of the state,” he said. “It makes sure that rural areas have a say in the process and that’s only appropriate when we are amending the highest document of our state.”

Gov. Mike Parson believes the legislature missed an opportunity to change the initiative petition process during the 2023 legislative session.

Hudson said it’s important to change the initiative petition process.

“In the past, that out of state money and special interests can come in and try to collect signatures, ignore certain areas of our state, just to try to get those votes up to a simple majority statewide,” he said.

Under current law, it takes a simple majority to change the state constitution.

Missouri House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, said previous attempts to change the initiative petition process were unconstitutional. She has called the effort an attack on democracy.

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