SCS/SJR 36 - This constitutional amendment, if approved by the voters, provides for a sales tax at the rate of 0.4% to provide for adequate law enforcement on state roads. Up to ninety percent of the revenue generated by such sales tax shall be deposited in the Missouri Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which is created by the amendment. Moneys in the fund shall not revert to the General Revenue Fund, and shall be used solely for the actual costs of the State Highway Patrol in administering and enforcing any state motor vehicle laws or traffic regulations, and for the actual cost of an annual audit of all funds generated by the sales tax and expended as authorized by the amendment. The State Auditor shall conduct such annual audit.
Ten percent of the revenue generated by such sales tax shall be deposited in the Missouri Local Law Enforcement Training and Equipment Trust Fund for grants to municipal and county law enforcement agencies for equipment and training, law enforcement services, and to provide for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Nothing in this amendment shall be construed to expand the arrest authority of the Highway Patrol, or to remove the Highway Patrol from the Department of Public Safety.
Beginning January 1, 2020, the cost of collection and the cost of the Highway Patrol shall not be deducted from the amount of revenue deposited into the State Road Fund.
The provisions of this amendment shall become effective on July 1, 2019.
This amendment is substantially similar to HCS/HJR 84 (2018).