The Missouri Legislature is one step closer to passing a proposal that would make it tougher for voters to change the state Constitution. The House has passed a measure that would require a simple majority plus a majority of votes cast from most of Missouri’s U.S. House seats.

Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman, R-Arnold, is the sponsor.

“It’s just one vote away now from being Truly Agreed and Finally Passed and going directly to the voters. You’ll remember, SJR’s do not need to be signed by the governor,” she said. “They get put right on the ballot.”

Democrats oppose the plan and argue that requiring a concurrent majority would give a small number of people a veto over the will of the majority of the state.

Coleman argued that Democrats are being hypocritical about controversial provisions, known as ballot candy, that aim to get the attention of voters.

“They were certainly happy to use those types of procedural methods or, you know, put language when they were passing Clean Missouri, but somehow, it’s now ‘ballot candy’ and inappropriate if we’re asking people to have a chance to vote on something that the majority of the public supports,” she said. “I’m looking forward to having that debate.”

If it passes the Senate, the resolution would appear on the ballot, though, with the likelihood of it going on the August ballot, in an effort to prevent the passage of another ballot measure that would make many abortions legal again.

“We do have protections for a number of the pieces that were put into SJR 74 from the House already in law, whether that’s federally or in state statute,” Coleman said. “But it isn’t in the Constitution, and I do think that there is a clear argument that needs to be made that not just that citizens do have the right to vote, but that only citizens have the right to vote and providing clarity on that issue, I think, is appropriate.”

The legislation now goes back to the Senate for a final vote.

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