Proposed bill could make it harder to amend the Missouri Constitution

2 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Monday, April 01 2019 Apr 1, 2019 Monday, April 01, 2019 7:31:00 PM CDT April 01, 2019 in News
By: David Estrada, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - A Republican lawmaker proposed to change the number of votes required for a constitutional amendment to pass. 

Currently, the Missouri Constitution only requires a simply majority vote, 50% plus one, for an amendment to take effect.

State representative Dean Plocher, R-St. Louis, wants to change that rule to require a 60% majority vote instead.

"When we change our Constitution so easily, I don't know if it's through the majority, that much of a majority, the will of the people," he said. 

Based on the turnout in the last November election, Plocher's proposed change would require about 240,000 more votes for a constitutional amendment to pass.

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, said the proposed change could make it harder for people to get involved in the governmental process. 

"Why is it just now a priority for the folks in the other side of the aisle?" she said. "One could argue that's because of all the initiative petitions that got through in the last election they don't agree with, as we've seen with multiple attempts to undo the will of voters, time and time again."

Just last week, the House Elections and Elected Officials Committee held a hearing to consider Republican proposals to change the petition process. 

However, Plocher said he's not seeking to take power away from voters.

"What I'm suggesting is to take this to the vote of the people, so the State of Missouri can actually vote on this," he said. "Do they think it’s right? Maybe the want to keep it at 50%, maybe they would vote it down."

Quade said there's no need for Plocher's proposed amendment. 

"I just don't see any evidence showing that we need to be changing what we've doing for decades," she said. 

Plocher said his goal is to create conversation on the topic. 

"I'm completely open to what other ideas people have and how we can make our Constitution a little bit stronger so it can't be so easily changed," he said. 

More News

Grid
List
OSAGE COUNTY – The Mari Osa Delta campground, along the Osage River and Missouri River Delta, has lost about 15... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 7:10:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
COOPER COUNTY - Deputies arrested 25-year-old Jasmine Bronger Monday afternoon after an incident Monday morning at the Harriman Hill river... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 6:39:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Planned Parenthood can continue carrying out abortions at its St. Louis clinic through Friday, a circuit judge... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 4:06:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
SLATER - A 35-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to transporting a 16-year-old across state lines for illegal... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 3:26:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Food truck vendors say their new spot in downtown Columbia is good for them and hungry customers. But... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:59:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe asked President Donald Trump to issue a major disaster declaration to help those... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:52:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City is trying to prevent active mosquito breeding in flooded areas. David Grellner, the city's... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:20:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
MEXICO - An Overland man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for the 2017 death of Leon Wilder.... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 2:03:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A second suspect has been charged in connection with a Jefferson City shooting and assumed narcotics deal. ... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 11:56:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 11:31:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City's Department of Public Works marked June 30th as the final day for debris collection. The... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 3:30:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - STEMette summer camp will start Monday. The Columbia STEM Alliance in conjunction with Mizzou's College of Engineering... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 1:49:00 AM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK and AP) — A 26-year-old man was charged on Monday in relation to the shooting of... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 23 2019 Jun 23, 2019 Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:06:00 PM CDT June 23, 2019 in News
LEBANON - A Moniteau County man has been sentenced for the 2016 death of a Tipton student. Travis Clark,... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 23 2019 Jun 23, 2019 Sunday, June 23, 2019 6:26:00 PM CDT June 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Jonah Morgan, the store manager of Cricket Wireless in Columbia is holding a block party on Sunday to... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:18:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - One month after an EF-3 tornado tore through Jefferson City, residents and local leaders are looking back... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 4:12:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Hundreds of protesters convened at the state capitol Saturday to rally against the state law restricting abortion.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:44:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - One man was rescued from floodwaters at Flat Branch Creek Saturday morning, according to the Columbia Fire Department.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, June 22 2019 Jun 22, 2019 Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:44:00 PM CDT June 22, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 74°
9pm 71°
10pm 69°
11pm 67°
12am 66°