HJR 79 Modifies the process for adopting constitutional amendments

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Current Bill Summary

- Prepared by Senate Research -

SS/SCS/HCS/HJR 79 - This constitutional amendment, if approved by the voters, provides that voters in each congressional district shall have the opportunity to review and comment upon all initiative petitions proposing amendments to the constitution following the filing of the petition with the Secretary of State and not less than 15 days before the measure appears on the ballot. Such review and comment process shall be administered by the Secretary of State in a public forum. Additionally, only citizens of the United States who are residents of the State of Missouri and properly registered to vote shall be considered legal voters for purposes of signing initiative petitions.

Current law provides that constitutional amendments shall take effect when approved by a simple majority of the votes cast thereon prior to taking effect. This constitutional amendment requires all constitutional amendments that would impose or increase taxes or fees, or obligate the state to appropriate funds of $10 million or more in any of the first five fiscal years after enactment to be approved by at least 60% of the votes cast thereon.


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