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