HJR 5 -- SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND ELECTIONS
CO-SPONSORS: Barry, Treadway, Hendrickson
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on
Education-Elementary and Secondary by a vote of 21 to 1.
This proposed constitutional amendment exempts school district
bond elections from the present super-majorities required for
passage and allows a simple majority vote.
FISCAL NOTE: Cost to General Revenue Fund of $43,000 in FY 2001.
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the current constitutional
requirement for a 2/3 super-majority on bond votes dates
unchanged from the 1875 Constitution until 1988, when the 4/7
requirement was added for issues voted upon on municipal
election day and primary and general election days. Only 8
other states have super-majority requirements for school bonds.
In the last 5 years, about 50 bond issues have failed with more
than a 50% vote. Super-majorities contradict the principle of
"one person, one vote."
Testifying for the bill were Representatives Barry and
Hendrickson; Senator Anita Yeckel; Mehlville School District;
Hannibal School District; Cooperating School Districts of
Greater Kansas City; Missouri School Board Association; Missouri
Council of School Administrators; Missouri NEA; Missouri State
Teachers Association; Missouri Federation of Teachers; El Dorado
Springs R-2 School District; Cooperating School Districts of
Greater St. Louis; and Missouri AFL-CIO.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
Becky DeNeve, Legislative Analyst