HOT TOPIC: Changing the Missouri Constitution

HOT TOPIC:  Changing the Missouri Constitution

amending the constitution needs to be more fair to rural missourians


Why?   

Well…. Did YOU want the marijuana amendment to pass?   

Chances are, if you live in any county outside of a metropolitan area, you did not.  The map below, which is provided by Missouri First, shows exactly which Missouri counties were in favor of Amendment 3 which was on our November 2022 ballot.  As you can see, only 16 voting districts approved.

So often, this is the case.  The general population of the cities is enough to out vote the rural areas.  You likely already know the big problem with this.

The cities are vastly different than the majority of Missouri.  Those of us who live in the beautiful Missouri farmland or near our gorgeous cold, spring-fed rivers in the southern Missouri hills do NOT want to share the way of life of our city dwelling friends.  Generally speeking, our needs are different and our values are different.

When it comes to changing our Missouri Constitution, the needs and voices of rural Missourians aren't being taken into account.  The Concurrent Majority Ratification legislation will help us fix that.

vocabulary to understand

Initiative Petition (IP)  

This is the process by which citizens are able to add measures onto our ballots on election day. The process is overseen by the Secretary of State and involves collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures to request the additional measure to the ballot.  It’s a very expensive process and it’s not easy to accomplish.  And that’s a good thing.  We don’t need it to be easy BUT we also don’t want to completely remove the people's ability to make a change when necessary.

IP Reform  

If you hear of IP Reform, it is referring to an effort to change the process of citizens being able to add an amendment to the ballot. Those who feel the Constitution is irrelevant these days would love for it to be easier.  People who don’t want any changes to the Constitution would prefer it be much harder or near impossible for the people to be able to accomplish the passage of a constitutional amendment.  

Citizens do need a way to change things if their elected officials aren’t representing the constituents well.  It doesn’t need to be impossible but it does need to be very challenging and that is the case as it stands.  If I were to update the IP process, I’d choose to make it even a little more difficult to do but I don’t believe this is the answer to our concerns.

There are a lot of initiative petitions that are filed each year and only a very few make it to the ballot.  In 2022, there were 89 IP filings and only 50 were approved for circulation to collect signatures.  Of those, only 1 actually made it onto the 2022 ballot and that was the the marijuana amendment.  The other ballot measures arrived on the ballot via joint resolutions passed by legislature.

Concurrent Majority Ratification (CMR)

According to Webster, the definition of concurrent majority is,  “a political majority created out of divergent interest groups and temporarily united by general agreement especially in protecting a minority right”

In this case, the divergent interest groups are the rural areas.  Rural Missourians have a different interest than residents of our biggest cities.  We need to protect rural Missourians' interests. 

Specifically, we will be looking at the Missouri House Districts to do that because they are the smallest political subdivisions of Missouri voters.

Ratification is the official consent to the changing of the constitution.

Concurrent Majority Ratification means that it would take the popular vote AND the majority of House districts approval in order to officially change the Missouri Constitution.

Popular Vote
The results of individual votes cast.   

the american standard

The standard for creating public policy in America IS by way of concurrent majority.
  • States vote to ratify amendments to the US Constitution.  We don't change it by a national popular vote.
  • The Electoral College.  We don't elect the President by a national popular vote.
  • We have 2 US Senators per state, regardless of population size.
  • Members of the House of Representatives (both MO & US) represent geographic districts
  • Our legislature consists of 2 chambers - House & Senate.  Passing legislation requires a concurrent majority
In truth, amending the Missouri Constitution by way of a statewide popular vote is the exception not the rule.  It causes a problem in that the cities of Missouri are able to control any ballot initiative and our rural citizens are disenfranchised.  It needs to change.

current legislation to support

Each of these are Joint Resolutions.  If passed by the legislature, they will not be added to statute. They become ballot measures brought before the people for a vote.

SJR 28 by Senator Jill Carter
SJR 33 by Senator Mike Moon
HJR 30 by Representative Ed Lewis

The key point in each of these three pieces of legislation is that in order to amend the Missouri Constitution, it would require more than 50% of the popular vote AND more than 50% of the vote in each Missouri House District.

If this had been the statute prior to our November 2022 election, the marijuana amendment would NOT have passed because although the popular vote was more than 50%, there were not nearly enough Missouri House districts that approved.

take action

  • Call and email your Representative &. Senator regarding this issue.  Keep it respectful, short & sweet.  Tell them you support the CONCURRENT MAJORITY RATIFICATION language in SJR 28, SJR 33 and HJR 30 and you are requesting they support these at any opportunity available to them.
  • Watch for committee hearings and participate by attending or submitting testimony as often as possible.  I'll keep you updated as to when & where those are happening.  The first House hearing is Tuesday, 1/24 at Noon in House Hearing Room 6.
  • Call and email committee members individually to express your support prior to any hearings.
  • Share this information with your friends and family.  If this legislation passes, it will then be added to the ballot and we need educated voters.

tools to help you take action

Don't know your legislators or their contact info?    Legislator Lookup Tool

Legislator email addresses follow the following templates.

Committee members


Peggy McGaugh, Chair (R)   573.751.2917
Dan Stacy, Vice Chair (R)  573.751.8636
Joe Adams, Ranking Minority Leader (D).  573.751.4265
Brad Banderman (R).  573.751.0549
Donna Baringer (D).  573.751.4220
Tricia Byrnes (R).  573.751.1460
Jeff Coleman (R).  573.751.1487
Bill Falkner (R).  573.751.9755
Roger Reedy (R).  573.751.3971
Alex Riley (R)   573.751.2210
Adam Schwadron (R).  573.751.2949
David Tyson Smith (D).  573.751.9753
Justin Sparks (R).  573.751.0562
Cheri Toalson Reisch (R).  573.751.1169
Ken Waller (R)  573.751.4451
Kevin Windham (D).  573.751.4726
Eric Woods (D).  573.751.2199


Elaine Gannon, Chair (R).   573.751.4008
Sandy Crawford, Vice Chair (R).  573.751.8793
Jill Carter (R).  573.751.2173
Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R).  573.751.1492
Andrew Koenig (R).  573.751.5568
John Rizzo (D).  573.751.3074
Barbara Washington (D).  573.751.3158

upcoming hearings

House Committee Hearing
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 @ 12:00 Noon in House Hearing Room 6
Submit Written Testimony - Support HJR 30.  Be sure to check your email and click to verify your submission.



Liberty Limelight Awards & Other Kudos for the House Rules

Liberty Limelight Awards & Other Kudos for the House Rules
I'm still shaking my head over the House floor debate on HR 11, the Rules of the House.  If you haven't been keeping up with this topic please go back and read my first article on the topic.

I'm not sure what descriptive terms would fit best for the way I feel about how this process unfolded.  

Disappointed.  
Disgusted.  
Downright angry.  
These are among my top picks.

strange bedfellows

On Wednesday during debate on the floor, Representative Peter Meredith (D), whom I have never found myself in agreement with, spoke my favorite words of the day in his opening speech for an amendment he was offering.   I hope you'll take time to watch.  I concur with his sentiments 100% and I'm thankful he had the nerve to stand and put them on the record.    

It's amazing that every democrat seems to understand how the Rules and the consolidated power impact their ability to move legislation.  The republicans, however, will discuss the power of the Speaker behind closed doors in agreement and yet they are filled with fear that disables them to take any action and make changes.  And make no mistake - they do have the power to change it and change it they must if we want to see a legislature that truly represents the citizens of Missouri.

Please listen to Rep Meredith speak the truth.  

The House Rules breed corruption.  It's been going on FAR too long and it does not have to be this way.  Our Founders never intended for our legislature to function as it does today.  Rep Meredith and his democrat colleagues understand that.



republicans resolved to support the speaker regardless

It's not surprising that HR 11 passed.  What was surprising was the COMPLETE lack of willingness to listen and consider the common sense amendments that the democrats and Rep. Mazzie Boyd were offering up.  We saw this in the committee hearing as well.  I'm ashamed to say that the Republicans just refused to even consider anything at all that was offered up by a democrat EVEN THOUGH it would have benefited the PEOPLE of Missouri. 

For quite some time in the committee hearing, the Republicans sat silent - unwilling to even comment.  The Chair would ask for discussion and..... crickets.  No discussion was had until Rep Barry Hovis finally felt bad enough that he started trying to explain his opposition with every. single. amendment offered.  Although he always opposed their offerings, at least he engaged in respectful conversation.

prioritize missouri citizens?  sorry, but no.

Every vote in committee & on the House floor was completely divided by party lines.  Not one Republican even voted for the amendment that would have required committees to hear Missouri resident's testimony BEFORE testimony from out-of-state witnesses!   

NOT. ONE. Republican prioritized Missouri citizens over out-of-state witnesses!  That particular amendment was offered by Rep Strickler (D), HA 6.  

I was completely dumbfounded & so angry I could hardly breathe.  Tell me...what MISSOURI legislator would not prioritize MISSOURIANS in a public hearing!?

but there was one...we hope she inspires the rest

There was only one Republican who offered up an amendment during floor debate that would be a step toward forcing the Speaker to share some power.  

We love that freshmen Rep Mazzie Boyd had the courage to stand and file her amendment even though the entire party stood against her.  That girl has got more cajones that 99% of the men in that chamber.  

Not that we should be surprised.  This 24 year old firecracker whose college graduation photo can still be found on her FaceBook page along with photos from her time spent working in Trump's Whitehouse, ran a race against a much older male incumbent and she won! 

It's interesting to hear the comments on her amendment.  Majority Floor Leader, Jon Patterson (R), actually explains one way the Speaker holds power through his ability to remove reps from committees or just form new committees altogether when things aren't going his way.   Rep Tony Levasco (R) is usually a liberty loving guy but you'll hear in his comments even further evidence of the problems in the Rules of the House although he's speaking against Rep. Boyd's amendment, he actually proves again that the rules do need to change.  And of course, Rep. Meredith speaks again in support sharing more truth.



liberty limelight awards

In honor of their bravery & courage in using their voices to stand for liberty and better representation of all Missourians on the House Floor, we are bestowing the first ever Liberty Limelight Awards on Representatives Peter Meredith & Mazzie Boyd.

   

Thank you, Representatives, for doing your jobs with diligence and intentionally standing strong for the PEOPLE of Missouri!!  We appreciate your strength and commitment to liberty!

kudos for standing strong with your votes

Other reps who didn't just go along to get along with their votes on the final passage of HR 11 were Rep Chris Sander, Rep Cheri Toalson Reisch and Rep Herman Morse along the entire Democrat Caucus. 




Please reach out to your own representative and express your feelings on their vote on HR 11.  HR 11 Rollcall.pdf

We are hopeful that with more education and as Missouri citizens continue to participate and use their voices, we'll see more improvement on this issue in the future.  

Preserving our liberty and keeping our Republic is paramount and a constant battle to be fought.  I'm committed to the fight for the sake of my children and future generations.... and hope you'll join me!

ACTION ALERT!

I'm running short on time this morning, so I'll get back later with the details in case you'd like to know them.  

We aren't going to get anything remotely close to what we actually really want as far as disempowering the Speaker and Majority Floor Leader.  However, we are hoping to amend HR 11 so that it isn't as bad as originally written.

Specifically, we need Rep. Chris Sander's amendment to pass today.

Jon Patterson, the Majority Floor Leader and sponsor of HR 11, added an additional step in the process of a bill going from a standing committee to a rules committee.   They put the power back in the hands of the speaker to hold a bill for 10 legislative days.  That length of time is at least 2 and a half weeks which is significant enough to delay the process so that the bill doesn't have time to pass.  

They also gave the Speaker power to choose which rules committee it goes to.  There are 3.  There's a total of about 30 representatives between 3 committees.  If we don't know which rules committee the bill is going to, we have a MUCH less opportunity to reach the appropriate representatives that will actually see the bill.  

A.  The Speaker shouldn't solely get to choose which standing committee AND which rules committee the bill goes through.  It should be an automatic process, as it has always been.  ie, The Education Committee bills go to Rules Committee A.  Always.

B.  The Speaker shouldn't have the power to hold up a bill for 2 1/2 weeks, which is significant to the process.

Representative Chris Sander has filed an amendment that would help.  His amendment says that the Speaker will work with the Bill Sponsor in deciding which rules committee the bill will go through.  This is a crumb and likely won't make a tremendous difference as the Speaker will bully Sponsors into what they want anyway, but at least there would be another voice involved in the process.

use your voice

Please call your Representative! 

1.  Request a YES vote on Chris Sander's amendment.  This one affords power to the Sponsor in choosing a rules committee vs the Speaker having sole authority.

2.  Request a YES vote on Crossley's amendment.  This one allows the committee members to vote on their Chair and Vice Chair vs the Speaker having the sole authority to appoint them.  Crossley is a democrat.

3.  Request a YES vote on Nurrenbern's amendment.  This one puts limits on the Majority Floor Leader having control over representatives ability to speak.   Nurrenbern is a democrat.

4.  Request a YES vote on Strickler's amendment.  This one allows Missouri resident's testimony to be heard before non-resident's in a public hearing.  

Be short, to the point and respectful.  Express the overall opinion that you want power spread among the representatives as much as possible vs the Speaker having total control.  We want Republican reps to vote in a way to benefit ALL of Missouri REGARDLESS of the fact that the amendments are offered by democrats. 

Links below.

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Top-Down Power Structure Needs to Crumble

Top-Down Power Structure Needs to Crumble

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Leadership roles in the missouri house 

Speaker of the House - Dean Plocher
Majority Floor Leader - Jon Patterson

These two been voted into the top two House leadership roles for the 102nd Missouri General Assembly (MOGA).  The 102nd session will extend from 2023 through the end of session in 2024.  They'll have these positions two years.

The specifics on how they got voted in and what that process looked like is a story for another time, but suffice it to say that election machine glitches don't just happen in Arizona.

why the rules of the house are important

The bottom line is the Rules of the House dictate how a bill moves through the process of being passed.  They literally change how a bill becomes law, who has authority and power at what points in the process, who gets to vote, who gets to speak and for how long, who allows reps to speak on issues, who chooses which bills go before a committee or even get to be voted on and so much more.

Yes, our Constitution says a bill will pass through the House, but the Rules of the House dictate how that happens and it's the representatives themselves who write the rules and vote to approve them at the beginning of each session.

If you didn't read the article from yesterday, check it out for more info.

top-down power means unequal representation of the people

The problem with the Rules of the House is that they have been top-down for far too long and it started way before Plocher.  The Speaker of the House has entirely too much power and it wouldn't matter if my favorite rep had the position - it's still wrong.

The Majority Floor Leader, in this case we have Jon Patterson, also has a lot of power individually to allow bills to move forward or to stop them.  

What happens is these two individuals regardless of who they are set the agenda for the entire House.  They choose priorities and EVERYONE who has been around the capitol for any amount of time knows that what leadership wants - leadership gets.

A previous Speaker has even said something to the tune of it's pretty much a waste to even come to work if you aren't the Speaker.

This means YOU aren't truly being represented if your rep isn't in a leadership role!!   Our rank & file members are nearly hog-tied as far as being able to accomplish anything at all.

So if the Speaker & Majority Floor Leader have all the power, how does your rep get anything done??

rank & file member success

Because of the current power structure, our "rank & file" House members have very little ability to get anything at all accomplished unless they can barter with the Speaker or attach something they want onto a bill they know leadership is pushing.

This is one reason we end up with "Kitchen Sink" bills that have so many things added to them that truly shouldn't be.  Just like in DC, they pass huge omnibus bills that may have 15 horrendous things included but they all vote yes to get their one tiny little nugget of goodness (we hope) across the line.

a lobbyist's dream come true

This top down situation breeds corruption faster than Superman can fly home.

Questions:
If you were a lobbyist, who would you be most concerned about wining & dining?  
Whose campaign fund and PAC would you probably want to add to your contribution list?   

Answer:
If you were a lobbyist or even another politician, you'd be a fool to look at the members as equal.  They aren't.  You'd first fill the Speaker's "war chest" as much as possible, then add to the Majority Floor Leader's and whatever you have leftover from your budget would get spread among the Committee Chairs that you'll need and maybe a few key committee members.  

results of this corrupt system

  • Lobbyists paying leadership via campaign funds and PACS to pass their agendas.  Check out the MEC contribution reports for the HRCC (House Republican Campaign Committee).  This is the PAC where you'll see large donations from House members who somehow usually seem to end up in Committee Chair or leadership positions.  It's a very interesting phenomenon that happens pretty regularly.  You can also look up campaign committees of legislators and their PACS.  That's also a post for another day.  
  • Members seeking higher levels of leadership so they, too, can have that power.  They end up being just like the lobbyists.  They make contributions to those same funds and PACS so they can get things accomplished or have a higher position.
  • THE PEOPLE LOSE.  We lose our representation.  Our voices lose their power.
  • It is no longer a government BY the PEOPLE and FOR the PEOPLE.  It's by the lobby corp and for the greedy.

does it have to be this way?  no.

They can do whatever they want.  They can write the rules however they want.  Period.

has it always been this way?  no.

It has been for a long time and it's getting worse as time goes on because our reps don't even realize they don't have to give up their voices.  But no, it's hasn't always been this way.  Check out yesterday's post about the rules in 1869.

"jodi, those old rules don't apply today!"

I understand.  Not every line of the People's House Rules fits our situation now and even some of the details aren't perfect in my opinion, but the HEART & INTENT of those rules is what we need.  Badly.  And that's the point. However, I'd still much rather have the People's House Rules as they are written than HR 11 (the newly proposed rules) as it is written.  At the very least, the People's House Rules are a much better starting place than HR 11.

We CAN empower our representatives to do what they were elected to do in a fair & equal fashion. 

We CAN make it more difficult for special interest groups vs lining the pockets of big business and greedy politicians.

We CAN.  They CAN.   The real question is - will they?   


take action today!

1.  Submit testimony that you are in OPPOSITION to HR 11.    It's easy and online.  Just fill out the form.  In the comment section, you can simply write something as simple as "I do not want a top-down power structure in the Mo House."

2.  Attend the hearing.  1:00 pm Monday, 1/9/23 in House Hearing Room 3. 

3.  Call and/or email your representative and express your thoughts.  Look up your legislator and their contact info HERE.

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Missouri's State Representatives Are Getting Neutered AGAIN!

Missouri's State Representatives Are Getting Neutered AGAIN!

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I apologize ahead of time for the length of this article.  I know it's long, but please stick with me to the end.  You'll find the Call to Action there.

Here's an Index of Section Titles to help you navigate and reference later.

1.  House Rules - What Are They?
2.  One Example of How It Has Been
3.  One Example of a Proposed Change
4.  Other Problems in the Current & Proposed Rules
5.  What We Need
6.  Take Action to Help
7.  References
8.  Stay Informed

The 2023 Missouri legislative session hasn't even gotten started and already the MO House leadership is stripping even more power away from our elected representatives via the MO House Rules, HR 11.


House Rules - What Are They?

Each session, the MO House members vote on a set of rules that govern the process of passing legislation in the House as well as laying out the function of specific roles of individual positions, committees, etc.   The rules of the House are just that - the rules the House must follow.

You might think these are just procedural and not really a big deal.  But, in fact, the rules change EVERYTHING.  The rules change how the House functions and the rules dictate who truly holds power and has authority.

The MO Senate also has a set of rules.  They are completely different and totally separate from the House rules.  Rules are voted on by each chamber's members each session.

one example of how it has been

For quite some time, the House rules have dictated that the Speaker of the House has the sole responsibility to appoint Committee Chairs AND members to each committee.  He also is the only person allowed to refer bills to committees or he can choose not to refer them to committee at all.  He can also remove representatives from committees.   

Can you see where this might be a problem?   

He chooses the Chair.  He chooses the members.  He chooses the bills they hear or don't hear.  If someone isn't pleasing him on the committee, he can pull that representative off OR better yet, just stack the committee with additional members willing to vote his preference.  

one example of a proposed change

Let's compare just one aspect of the new rules to the rules of last session.   How does a bill go through committee and arrive on the House floor where ALL the members of the House can vote?

If the new rules are passed, the Speaker has EVEN MORE power than he has ever had before... and last year was bad enough.

Do you see the problem?  We already had a problem with the Speaker having so much power but now it's even worse.  If the new rules are passed, OUR elected representatives voting in committees now mean NOTHING.  All regular standing committees have just lost ANY power they may have had previously.  

It's in these standing committees where citizens have an opportunity to make your voice be heard.  Standing committees are required to have a public hearing where Missourians are able to come voice their experiences and opinions on important matters before a vote is taken.  It's the ONLY opportunity within the process where THE PEOPLE's voice goes on record.  And now.... those hearing won't matter. The committee really doesn't even matter at all.   

We could have a committee hearing with 100's of Missourians weighing in, the committee passes the bill & the Speaker can choose to kill it by not sending it on to the next step in the process.  

This is just one example.  There are MANY problems with the new rules and this is just the tip of the iceberg, but I feel this one might be the most important point.   

We CANNOT have ONE. MAN. having this much power across the entire state when he was only elected as a representative of approximately 30,000 people.

A FEW OTHER (not all) PROBLEMS WITH THE RULES
  • CURRENT & PROPOSED VERSION - Speaker of the House has all the power.  It's worse in the proposed version but it's already horrible.  It disempowers our elected representatives and, therefore, every citizen.
  • CURRENT & PROPOSED VERSION - Leadership has the ability to select who can speak on the floor.  If your representative wants to speak on a bill, they can literally stand all afternoon and not be called on by leadership.  Leadership decides who speaks and in what order and they can choose NOT to allow them to speak.  
  • CURRENT & PROPOSED VERSION - Leadership can force a representative to shut up & sit down.  It's a procedural move called a PQ.  If the Majority Floor Leader & Speaker decide they are don't listening to a rep, they call for a PQ that forces the speaking rep to sit down immediately.  This is NOT equal and fair representation.  
  • CURRENT & PROPOSED VERSION - There are no set schedules to the House business.  This means they save all the important stuff for the end of session and create organized chaos pushing things through at warp speed, which is exactly what the lobbyists want and it's another issue that removes power from the people to participate effectively.
  • CURRENT & PROPOSED VERSION - Entirely too many bills are filed.  The proposed version limits that number to 20 but that is still way too many.  There are 164 reps.  If they each file 20 bills that is 3,280 bills each session.  They file them knowing nothing will happen with 98% of them anyway.  They do it only to be able to tell their constituents they did it.  It's a waste of time and resources.
  • NEWLY PROPOSED VERSION - Speaker can limit times of debate.  Again.. the Speaker shouldn't have all the power.  This leaves our elected representatives powerless.
  • NEWLY PROPOSED VERSION - House members cannot request a hearing of bills in Rules Committee.  This means your representative has ZERO influence on bills making their way through the process unless it comes to a House floor vote which is harder now than ever before if it's something the Speaker doesn't want to pass.
  • NEWLY PROPOSED VERSION - Addition of another Rules Committee.  It's just not necessary.  They are making it bigger vs downsizing.
  • NEWLY PROPOSED VERSION - Committee Chairs will now be required to attend training.  Guess who will dictate the training?  So the Speaker chooses them then will line them up and train them how he wants them to behave in case anyone isn't on the same page.

what we need:  the people's house rules

We need to return to what our Founding Fathers in Missouri intended for the rules to be.  This past year a team of citizens did some digging through the oldest archives that could be found.  We discovered House Rules dating all the way back to 1869.  

In 1869, it was a completely different ballgame.  It was set up to benefit the people and it did not give power to only one or two people.  Imagine that!

The Speaker was truly just a facilitator of the agenda for the day.   

Committees functioned much differently.  They issued OPINIONS on bills but they didn't have power to kill them.  ALL the representatives were able to weigh in and vote on each bill and every bill arrived on the floor because of this.  

There are several differences - too many to list but needless to say it's a refreshing document to read. 

We've rewritten a set of rules inspired by those written in 1869 which would bring balance of power back to our House and ensure fair and equal representation for all Missourians.    

We are calling them the PEOPLE'S HOUSE RULES.  Here are some highlights.

  1. Session days start at 8:00am and ends at 10:00pm unless the Governor declares a State of Emergency.
  2. Speaker elected by majority party OR rotated on a daily basis based on House district numbers and seniority starting at 1.
  3. Committees appointed by request or blind drawing if there are too many requests.
  4. All members may file only three bills, rated according to their priority.  Each representative will have their #1 priority bill heard by committee with a public hearing and on the floor before any priority #2 bills are heard.
In a nutshell, the People's House Rules return the balance of powers back to all our elected representatives and gives THE PEOPLE of Missouri fair and equal representation.

take action to help!

1.  Submit Testimony - Fill out the form IN OPPOSITION to the rules.  You can enter a statement if you choose.  It's not required.  Please be sure to complete the email verification process in order for your testimony to be submitted.

2.  Attend the Hearing in Person - 1:00 pm  Monday, 1/9/23 in Hearing Room 3.   If you'd like to come but need help with any aspect of your trip, please let me know.  I'll be here to help with all the details.

3.  Call & Email Your Representative - Look up your Legislator HERE.
  • Tell them you OPPOSE HR 11 and you are requesting a NO vote.  
  • Ask them to request a "Roll Call Vote" every time they are able in regard to this issue.  We need a roll call vote so that we can see who voted in favor or in opposition.  Otherwise, it's a voice vote and we can't hold any of them accountable.
  • Tell them you want the "People's House Rules" and attach the PDF to your email.  You can find it below.  Download the PDF to your computer then attach it to your email.

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THE NEWLY PROPOSED RULES.   You can see where the changes are being made.  New additions are underlined.  Deletions are struck out.



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