House Democrats want voter approved laws protected

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JEFFERSON CITY- Missouri House Democrats say state democracy is being threatened.

They addressed their concerns Monday morning regarding House Republicans possible changes to voter passed laws.

Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, said the current government system is going against what voters wanted in Amendment One. Supporters call it Clean Missouri.

"Fundamentally what we're seeing is an effort from the majority party making it more difficult for the public to access what's happening. In Clean (Missouri) there was a overwhelming support that showed they wanted access to our documents and what's happening in this building and I'm going to oppose anything that makes it harder," Quade said.

Nick Schroer, R-O'fallon, said Republicans' decision makes things more ethical.

"We're trying to actually ensure that transparency on government occurs. When I worked with representatives Gina Mitten, the Democrat, to make is so these confide apps these applications would, which keep your communications a secret then delete them.  We made that part of the sunshine law but I don't think it should come by way of tearing down your privacy," Schroer said.

House Democrats also outlined a bill that would create an "End Dark Money Act." This would require political groups to disclose their donors.

Democrats mentioned the dark money scandal regarding former Governor Eric Greitens last year. 

"Nothing has changed since that time has come in regards to dark money with holding our elected officials accountable. In fact, I would argue it's gotten a little bit worse," Quade said.

Schroer feels Democrats may have a hard time finding success on their dark money bill.

"It's very hard to figure out who's getting money, who provided the money to them if there's anybody that's acting like a third party for the sake of the voters. I think actually limiting someone's First Amendment rights to support an issue, to support somebody. I don't like the limits because of the approachments of our First Amendment rights," Schroer said.

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