constitutional amendment

7:43 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Missouri Voters To Decide On Privacy Protection, Veterans' Lottery Ticket

If Missouri voters pass Constitutional Amendment No. 9, electronic communications would be protected.

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:18 pm

Of the five proposed constitutional amendments Missourians will get to vote on in August, two of them have generated little attention and virtually no controversy.  One would expand the right against unreasonable search and seizures to include electronic communications and data, while the other would create a new Missouri lottery ticket to fund the needs of veterans.

Electronic data and communications

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4:27 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass gun rights amendment

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a proposed amendment to the state Constitution intended to strengthen the right to bear arms.

The Republican-led Senate voted 23-8 on Wednesday to send the bill to the November ballot. The proposal passed the House a day earlier with a 122-31 vote.

The amendment would define the right to bear arms as "unalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right. It would also include defending one's "family" with a firearm as a guaranteed constitutional right.

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4:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri House endorses early voting measures

The Capitol House floor. House members gave first-round approval Wednesday, April 16 to a constitutional amendment and companion bill as part of new early voting legislation.
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The Missouri House has endorsed a pair of early voting measures, though some Democrats contend they could create confusion for a proposed initiative petition that seeks to go further in allowing advanced voting.

House members gave first-round approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment and companion bill. It would allow early voting for nine days, ending the week before state and federal elections. Polls would be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and four hours on Saturday. There will not be early voting on Sunday.

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3:31 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri House sets aside transportation tax increase

The Missouri House tabled a one-cent tax increase for transportation following discussion on funding for bicycle paths.
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A debate on state funding for bicycle paths caused legislation to impose a one-cent tax increase to be set aside in the Missouri House.

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8:29 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mo. House endorses parental rights amendment

House floor at the Missouri Capitol
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Missouri's House has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would enshrine a fundamental right for parents to raise their children as they see fit.

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6:04 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Proposed amendment would limit budget cuts made by governors

The measure would block any budget decision made by the governor that would hold back money allocated to pay a public debt.
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Missouri governors would be barred from making budget cuts to schools under a proposed constitutional amendment passed by the Senate.

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3:36 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

House approves voter ID requirement bill

Two bills changing identification requirements for Missouri voters head to the Senate following approval in the House. Missourians would then vote on the constitutional amendment requiring photo ID.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at polling places.

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8:12 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Mo. prosecutors back child sex abuse amendment

Missouri prosecutors are organizing a campaign on behalf of a proposed constitutional amendment they say will help convict people who commit repeated sex offenses against children.

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7:59 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Senate panel weighs electronic privacy protection

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A Missouri Senate committee is considering whether to extend constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure to electronics.

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4:42 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Mo. lawmakers pass farm constitutional amendment


The Missouri House and Senate have passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee farmers and ranchers the right to farm and ranch using "modern methods."

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8:48 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. House panel advances gun rights amendment

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A Missouri House committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at protecting gun rights.

The amendment approved on Tuesday would define the right to bear arms as "unalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right. It would also include defending one's "family" with a firearm as a guaranteed constitutional right.

Sponsoring Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, says the legislation would protect against proposed gun control laws at the state and federal level.

9:15 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Mo. Senate backs farmers' rights amendment

In southwest Kansas, baled hay sits in an open field.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee farmers' rights.

The legislation originally would have barred voters from passing initiatives that would infringe on farmers' rights. But that portion was removed after opposition from senators concerned about blocking the petition process.

6:05 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Term limit changes pass Missouri House by a wide margin

Missouri State Capitol

The Missouri House has passed a bill that would amend the term limits law passed by state voters in 1992. 

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8:30 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Mo. House OKs farming constitutional amendment

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a measure that supporters say will help protect farmers.
The proposed state constitutional amendment would prohibit laws that limit what it calls modern farming and ranching practices unless they're passed by the Legislature. The measure would add that the right to engage in modern farming and ranching practices are "forever guaranteed."

House members endorsed the measure Wednesday. It needs another vote before moving to the state Senate. If it passes the Legislature, the amendment would go to a statewide vote.

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12:21 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Support dwindles for Amendment 3

Kyle Stokes KBIA

A Missouri ballot measure proposing to change how judges are appointed is losing support. Amendment 3’s supporters say they don’t like the summary that will appear on the ballot.

Amendment 3 will show up on Missouri ballots come Nov. 6, but its supporters say they’re not happy with what voters will read about it.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wrote the summary of the amendment for the ballot, but supporters say the summary is misleading and filed suit.

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9:06 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Mo. appeals court upholds judicial ballot measure

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

A Missouri appeals court panel has upheld the ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the process for selecting appellate judges.

In its ruling Monday, a three-judge panel of the Western District Court of Appeals certified the summary that voters will see on the November ballot.

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10:25 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Newscast for January 20, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's first female chancellor is Cheryl B. Schrader
  • House passes budget caps
  • Missouri tries to tax cigarettes
  • Medicinal cannabis activists arrested



11:18 am
Tue January 17, 2012

State Senate proposes constitutional amendment to grow conservation commission

Missouri senators are proposing a state constitutional amendment that would double the size of the Conservation Commission and make it geographically diverse.

The commission oversees the Department of Conservation which is currently made up of four members, with no more than two from the same political party. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

The proposed change in the state Constitution would expand the commission to eight members and require that they be from different areas of Missouri.

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5:11 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Mo. House panel endorses spending limit proposal

Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would place caps on all state spending. 

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