State Government & Election Law

HB 39 – National popular vote for President. Authorizes Missouri to enter into the Interstate Compact on the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote Act.

HCS HBs 48 & 216 – Photo identification. Requires a person to submit a specified form of photo identification in order to vote in a public election with specified exceptions.

HB 54 – Recount requirements. Changes the required percentage of defeat of the votes cast when a candidate or a ballot question must be allowed a recount, from less than 1% of the votes case to less than 0.5% of the votes cast.

HCS HB 117 – Initiative and referendum petitions. Changes the laws regarding petition circulators and the duties of the Secretary of State regarding initiative and referendum petitions. Among other provisions, requires a petition circulator to verify that he or she is at least 18 years old and to disclose if he or she is paid or unpaid; prohibits anyone who has been found guilty of a forgery offense from qualifying as a petition circulator; creates the crime of malicious obstruction, a misdemeanor, when a person maliciously obstructs, intimidates or prevents a voter from signing a petition or attempts to do so; requires an action challenging the official ballot title or fiscal note of a proposed constitutional amendment to be adjudicated within 180 days of filing.

HCS HB 137 – Legislative approval of state administra­tion of federal programs. Requires all state agencies to obtain approval from the General Assembly prior to administering, implementing, or expanding any federal program. In scope. Oppose.

HB 188 – Absentee voting. Allows any registered voter who is eligible to vote in a particular election to do so by absentee ballot without being required to state a reason.

HB 232 – Electronic voter registration lists. Requires elec­tion authorities to compile and use a voluntary interactive computerized voter registration list for voters who have no form of state-issued photographic identification.
HB 680 – Lobbying prohibition for elected officials. Pro­poses to prohibit statewide elected officials or General Assembly members from acting, serving, or registering as a lobbyist within one year of leaving office.

HB 686 – Straight-ticket voting. Allows an individual at a general election to vote a straight party line ticket by voting for all candidates of the same political party with a single punch or mark.

HB 710 – Accessible voting systems. Requires each polling place for a federal, state, local, or school district election to have at least one accessible voting system that conforms to federal regulations for disabled voters.

HJR 1 – Photo identification. Proposes a constitutional amendment specifying that general law may require a person to provide valid government-issued photo identi­fication in order to vote in an election.

HJR 2 / HJR 20 – Missouri General Assembly. Proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the Missouri House of Representatives from 163 to 120 and increasing the number of members of the Missouri Senate from 34 to 40 beginning in 2023.

HJR 4 / HJR 13 / HJR 21 / SJR 10 – Term limits. Proposes a constitutional amendment allowing a member of the General Assembly to serve the sixteen-year maximum in any proportion in either chamber as long as he or she serves no more than sixteen years total.

HCS HJRs 5 & 12 – Photo identification. Proposes a constitutional amendment specifying that general law may require a person to provide valid government-issued photo identification in order to vote in an election.

HJR 31 – Missouri General Assembly sessions. Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring shorter second regular sessions of the General Assembly and establishing two-year state budget cycles.

HJR 32 – Apportionment of state legislative districts. Pro­poses a constitutional amendment establishing nonpartisan procedures for apportioning the state into state senatorial and legislative districts on the basis of population.

SB 4 – Lobbying and consulting restrictions for legislators. Bars members of the General Assembly from acting as paid political consultants and imposes a two year cooling off period before members may become lobbyists.

SB 27 – Photo identification. Establishes photo identifica­tion requirements for voting.

SB 38 – Lobbyist gift ban. Institutes a lobbyist gift ban for the members of the General Assembly and their candidate committees.

SB 54 – Joint election of Governor and Lt. Governor. Requires the joint election of the Governor and Lieuten­ant Governor.

SB 78 – Lobbying limitation for legislators. Imposes a two year cooling off period for members of the General Assembly before they may become lobbyists.

SB 79 – Primary election date. Changes the primary elec­tion date from August to June.

SCS SB 82 – Special election for Lt. Governor. Requires the Governor to call a special election if the office of Lieutenant Governor is vacated.

SB 92 – Campaign contribution limits. Imposes specific campaign contribution limits for individuals and com­mittees in support of candidates running for public office.

SB 135 – Fair Ballot Commission. Requires a newly formed Fair Ballot Commission to approve fair ballot language and ballot summary statements. The pro tem and minority leader of the senate and the speaker and minority leader of the house would each appoint one lawyer and one private citizen to serve on the Fair Ballot Commission. Ballot language statements and ballot summary statements would be required to be approved by the commission before ap­pearing on the ballot.

SB 145 – Advanced voting. Creates an advance voting system for elections, which would allow for an advanced voting period beginning the third Wednesday prior to an election between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm on weekdays and until 12:00 pm on Saturdays.

SB 177 –Presidential primary date. Moves the date of the presidential primary from February to March.

SB 181 – Campaign finance and lobbying limitation for legislators. Modifies the law relating to campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics. Among other provisions, this legisla­tion prevents certain elected officials from acting as paid political consultants, prohibits certain elected officials and their staff, employees and families from receiving any lob­byist gifts with a value of over $50, prohibits legislators from lobbying until three years after leaving office, and institutes campaign contribution limits for individuals and political party committees.

SB 290 – Campaign finance. Modifies numerous provisions relating to campaign finance. Among other provisions, this legislation makes numerous changes to campaign committee reporting requirements relating to formation, organization, and expenditures.

SB 298 – Campaign finance. Creates a method for publicly financing election campaigns for legislative and statewide
candidates and caps contributions to political party com­mittees at $5,000 per year.

SB 470 – Campaign finance and reporting. Modifies the law relating to campaign finance. Among other provi­sions, this legislation prohibits committee to committee contributions, imposes campaign contribution limits for individuals and committees in support of candidates for public office, and institutes a 48-hour reporting require­ment for contributions exceeding $500 under certain circumstances.

SJR 4 – Joint election of Governor and Lt. Governor. Re­quires the joint election of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor beginning in the year 2016.

SJR 5 – Legislative session dates. Requires the legislative session to end in late March rather than mid-May, begin­ning with the 99th General Assembly in 2017.

SJR 6 – Photo identification. Creates a constitutional amendment providing that a voter seeking to vote in person may be required to produce photo identification.

SJR 7 – Apportionment Commissions. Modifies provisions regarding members and meetings of Missouri Senate and House of Representatives apportionment commissions. Among other provisions, this proposed constitutional amendment would require that all meetings of any ap­portionment commission be public and subject to the Sunshine Law; prohibits any member of n apportionment commission from serving as a member of the General As­sembly for ten years after the date of their appointment to the commission; requires the commissions to include the reasons or grounds for the numbers and boundaries of the districts if any district created in the final statement does not include any portion of the district previously assigned to that area; provides that no more than two members of any district of the court of appeals may be appointed to the apportionment commission that is created when the House or Senate fail to create a map.

SJR 8 – Apportionment Commissions. Removes obsolete language relating to the appointment of commissioners of the Supreme Court, and adds that judges from the court of appeals shall serve as a reapportionment commission.

SJR9 – Impeachment trials. Requires the Senate to try all impeachments except for the impeachment of the Governor, which shall be tried by the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. In scope. Oppose.  
 SJR 17 – State government prohibition on enforcement of federal policy. Prohibits Missouri state government from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of certain actions of the federal government.

SJR 19 – Term limits for statewide officeholders. Proposes a constitutional amendment to create term limits of two terms of four years each for all statewide elected officials.


Index of Bills by Subject Matter

  • CCS - Conference Committee Substitute
  • HB - House Bill
  • HCS - House Committee Substitute
  • HS - House Substitute
  • HJR - House Joint Resolution
  • SB - Senate Bill
  • SCS - Senate Committee Substitute
  • SS - Senate Substitute
  • SJR - Senate Joint Resolution
  • * - Missouri Bar Committee-Drafted Legislation

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