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Nixon issues proclamation for August ballot

May 23, 2014 -- 4:44pm

Gov. Jay Nixon today issued a proclamation setting the vote on five constitutional amendments for the Aug. 5 ballot. The remaining three ballot questions passed by the Missouri General Assembly will appear on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. The 97th General Assembly passed a significant number of ballot measures, and additional issues submitted by initiative petition may be certified to appear on the November ballot.  To ensure that Missourians have an opportunity to thoroughly analyze and understand the numerous ballot questions in addition to candidates for various federal, state and local offices, the Governor has set five questions for the August ballot. 

 

The ballot measures set for the Aug. 5, 2014 ballot include:

 

§  House Joint Resolution No. 11, passed by the General Assembly in
2013, proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include language
forever guaranteeing the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in
agricultural production and ranching practices.



§  House Joint Resolution No. 48, passed by the General Assembly in
2014, proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to direct the state
lottery commission to develop and begin selling a ‘Veterans Lottery
Ticket’, from which all net proceeds would be deposited into the
Missouri Veterans’ Commission’s capital improvement trust fund.



§  House Joint Resolution No. 68, passed by the General Assembly in
2014, proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to enact an
additional sales tax to fund infrastructure projects including
highways and roads.



§  Senate Joint Resolution No. 27, passed by the General Assembly in
2014, proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include language
stating that people shall be secure in their electronic communications
and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now
likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects.



§  Senate Joint Resolution No. 36, passed by the General Assembly in
2014, proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include a
declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable
right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right.



The remaining ballot questions passed by the Missouri General Assembly
that will appear on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot include:



§  House Joint Resolution No. 16, passed by the General Assembly in
2013, proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to allow relevant
evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in prosecutions for
crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under eighteen years of
age.



§  House Joint Resolution No. 72, passed by the General Assembly in
2014, proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to include language
relating to a governor’s fiscal management authority.

§  House Joint Resolution No. 90, passed by the General Assembly in
2014, proposes amending the Missouri Constitution to permit voting in
person or by mail for a period of six business days prior to and
including the Wednesday before the Election Day in all general
elections.



Two additional measures submitted by initiative petition are pending
certification for the November ballot.



Article 12 Section 2(b) of the Missouri Constitution provides that all
Constitutional amendments proposed by the General Assembly shall be
submitted either at the next general election or at a special election
called by the Governor prior to the next general election.

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