Only one Republican state senator voted against putting Amendment One to the Missouri Constitution back on the ballot for vote; Springfield area Senator Lincoln Hough.
Amendment One, better known as Clean Missouri, creates the position of a state demographer to draw district lines for elections. Critics of the measure that pass say voters were deceived by the campaign to pass the initial measure, which they say was entirely designed to change the election system to force more Democrats to be elected to the legislature. They claim that limits on lobbyists were highlighted to voters to hide the true intent of the amendment.
Supporters of Clean Missouri, and Democrats in the legislature, say that the Republicans are trying to overturn the will of the voters. Missouri voters approved the measure by 62 percent in 2018.
Republicans passed Senate Joint Resolution 38 Monday on a 22-9 vote, which will send the measure to the Missouri House of Representatives for debate and passage. Should the House pass the measure, it would put Amendment One back on the ballot for voters.
The proposed changes to Amendment One include:
- Eliminating the role of the demographer;
- Changing the lobbyist gift threshold from $5 to $0;
- Reducing the limits on candidate contributions
Districts will be redrawn after the 2020 census, so this is the last chance for changes to be made that would impact the redistricting.
State Senator Hough did not return a request for comment by press time. Should OI receive one, we will update the story.