HJR 20 Modifies provisions for initiative petitions to be placed on the ballot and the voter threshold required for approval

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HCS/HJRs 20, 2, 9, & 27 - This constitutional amendment, if approved by the voters, modifies the process for amending the law. Currently, initiative petitions proposing constitutional amendments must be signed by 8% of the legal voters in each of two-thirds of the congressional districts. This amendment requires such petitions to be signed by 10% of the legal voters in each of the congressional districts. Furthermore, petitions proposing laws must be signed by 5% of the legal voters in each congressional district, rather than 5% of the legal voters in two-thirds of the congressional districts. For purposes of this amendment, each legal voter must be registered to vote in Missouri and a citizen of the United States.

Currently, any initiative petition or any constitutional amendment proposed by the General Assembly must be approved by a simple majority of the of the votes cast thereon. This amendment requires any initiative petition and every constitutional amendment proposed by the General Assembly to be approved by two-thirds of the votes cast thereon.

This amendment is similar to SCS/SJR 2 (2021).

SCOTT SVAGERA


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