SJR 37 Modifies Constitutional provisions relating to the General Assembly
Sponsor: Kehoe
LR Number: 6744S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics
Last Action: 3/15/2018 - Second Read and Referred S Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee Journal Page: S717
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Effective Date: Upon Voter Approval

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SJR 37 - Upon voter approval, this Constitutional amendment modifies provisions relating to the General Assembly.

REAPPORTIONMENT (Sections 2, 2(a), 5, and 7) - Currently, the reapportionment commission shall reapportion the House of Representatives by dividing the population of the state by 163, and shall reapportion Senatorial districts by dividing the population of the state by 34. This amendment requires that the commission divide the population of United States citizens by 163 or 34, respectively, with such figures being called the "house district mean" and "senate district mean".

Currently, each House of Representatives and Senatorial district shall be composed of contiguous territory, as compact as may be. This amendment prohibits the requirement that such district be composed of contiguous territory from being violated. Further, each district shall be compact as may be after accounting for county and city lines and geographic boundaries. Further, this amendment requires that only citizens of the United States be counted as part of the population when making apportionments of the House of Representatives and Senate.

This provision is substantially similar to HJR 99 (2018).

OPEN RECORDS & CAMPAIGN FINANCE (Section 19(a)) - Under this Constitutional amendment, all legislative records shall be open records and accessible to the public, and all legislative proceedings shall be open meetings accessible to the public. Further, this amendment prohibits members of the General Assembly or candidates for the General Assembly from soliciting contributions for any candidate committee on state property. This amendment also prohibits members of the General Assembly, and those employed by the General Assembly, from serving as a lobbyist until 2 years of after their completed service, and from accepting gifts from lobbyists in excess of $5 per occurrence, or $100 per year, whichever is less, with such amounts increasing by 4% per year.

This Constitutional amendment prohibits a person from contributing, and a candidate from receiving, $2,500 for the Office of State Senator and for the Office of State Representative. Such amount shall increase by 4% per year. Further, no committee or candidate shall knowingly accept any thing of value from any foreign government or any person who is not a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident. This amendment also allows legislative leadership committees to be formed by any candidate for the General Assembly.

This resolution is similar to HJR 100 (2018).