Local & State Government/Election Law

HB 32 – Heritage Birth Certificates. Allows the State Registrar to issue heritage birth and marriage certificates.  

HB 39 – Elected officials prohibited from lobbying. Prohibits any elected official of the state from registering or acting as a lobbyist within two years of leaving office.

HB 54 / HB 187 – Party emblem on ballots. Repeals the provision that requires a political party’s emblem to be printed on an election ballot above the party caption.

HB 72 – Elected officials prohibited from lobbying. Prohibits statewide elected officials or members of the General Assembly elected for their first term in office on or after November 2, 2010, from acting, serving, or registering as a lobbyist.

HB 95 – Municipal elections. Allows certain municipalities to cancel nonpartisan elections when there are the same number of candidates as open offices.

HB 105 – Local government traffic revenue. Changes the laws regarding the requirements of the governing body of a city, town, or village when its annual revenue from fines and court costs for traffic violations exceed 35% of its total annual revenue.

HB 107 – Special elections for statewide offices. Requires special elections to fill vacancies in the positions of United States Senator, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, and State Treasurer.

HB 118 – MULES data for orders of protection. Requires local law enforcement agencies and other government agencies serving ex parte orders of protection to enter the data into the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES) within 24 hours.

Support.
 

HB 193 – Missouri congressional districts. Changes the composition of Missouri’s congressional districts; establishes the format for dividing Missouri into 8 congressional districts.

HB 217 – Electronic voter identification. Allows an election authority to use an electronic voter identification system or electronic signature pad to verify voter identification information at a polling place.

HB 235 – Driver record information privacy. Prohibits the Department of Revenue from selling or disclosing certain driver record information.  

HB 237 – Ethics. Changes the laws regarding ethics, lobbying, and campaign contributions; prohibits currently serving members of the General Assembly from contracting with or soliciting any other serving member for securing political services related to elections; prohibits elected and appointed officials or staff members from acting as a lobbyist within one year of leaving office; establishes residence requirements for committee treasurers; prohibits individuals from serving as treasurer of multiple committees; imposes campaign finance limits.

HB 245 – Advance ballots. Allows voters to cast advance ballots.

HB 288 – County sheriff attorneys. Allows the sheriff of any county to employ an attorney to aid and advise him or her in the discharge of the sheriff’s duties and to represent him or her in court.

HCS HB 329 – Advance voting and voter ID. Establishes an advance voting period and requires a voter to present an approved form of personal identification to vote at an election.

HB 377 – Prohibition period for elected official lobbying. Prohibits elected officials of the state or any political subdivision or their staff from registering or acting as a lobbyist for one year after leaving office or employment with certain exceptions.

HB 432 – Ethics. Changes the laws regarding ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance; prohibits elected officials from soliciting positions while in office or registering or acting as a lobbyist within two years of leaving office; requires any person employed by the state or by any appointed or elected official who receives compensation for political activities not related to the person’s official duties, to file a financial interest statement; adds more disclosures required for the financial interest statement; places certain restrictions on the transfer of committee funds.

HB 503 / SB 282 – Presidential primary date change. Repeals a provision requiring a presidential primary to be held in February in any year a presidential election is held and sets the primary to be held in March of each presidential election year

HB 535 – Initiative and referendum process. Changes the laws regarding the circulation of initiative and referendum petitions; requires a petition circulator to be a citizen of the United States and a resident of Missouri, and to register with the Secretary of State; specifies that a person may not qualify as a petition circulator if the person has been convicted or found or pled guilty to forgery; prohibits a petition circulator from being paid on a per-signature basis; makes a violation of these provisions a class A misdemeanor.

HB 585 – Speech at public hearings. Changes the laws regarding actions against a person for conduct or speech at a public hearing or meeting; allows any action against a person for conduct or speech at a public hearing or meeting to be subject to special motions to dismiss, a motion for judgment on the pleadings, or a motion for summary judgment so it can be considered on an expedited basis to prevent the unnecessary expense of litigation.

Support.
 

HB 629 – Public election date change. Changes the laws regarding the dates of public elections to remove the first Monday in February and the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June as possible dates for holding public elections; changes the date of the presidential primary to February.

HB 694 – Presidential primary date change. Repeals a provision requiring a presidential primary to be held in February in any year a presidential election is held and sets the primary to be held in June.

HB 699 – 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 720 / SB 432 – Transparency in Private Attorney Contracts Act. Establishes the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracts Act; prohibits the state from contracting with a private attorney for a contingency fee without a determination from the Attorney General; sets limits on the amount of contingency fees for contract attorneys.  

HB 772 / SB 307 – Court costs for Kansas City ordinance violations. Allows Kansas City to assess additional court costs of up to $14 per case for each municipal ordinance violation.

Oppose.
 

HB 856 – Initiative and referendum process. Modifies various provisions relating to the initiative and referendum process; specifies that no mistake, error or omission by parties other than a person signing a petition can invalidate the signature of that person as long as the intent is clear; specifies that the text of a petition must include all matters to be repealed to be enclosed in brackets or in strike-through font; creates the crime of intentional misrepresentation of a petition if a person fraudulently gathers signatures by causing a voter to sign the wrong petition or forging or falsifying signatures; creates the crime of malicious obstruction of a petition if a person intimidates, obstructs, or otherwise prevents a voter from signing a petition; allows a court to change a fiscal note summary; specifies that a petition proponent must be allowed to intervene in a ballot title challenge; requires a ballot title challenge to be made within 55 days of the original certification; establishes time limitations for ballot title challenges.

HJR 7 / HJR 12 / SJR 10 – Number of members of  Missouri House of Representatives. Proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives from 163 to 103 beginning with the 98th General Assembly.

HJR 13 – Number of members of Missouri House and Senate. Proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives to 120 and increasing the number of members of the Senate to 40.

HJR 14 – Advance voting, voter ID and absentee voting. Proposes a constitutional amendment changing the laws regarding elections by authorizing provisions relating to advance voting, voter identification, and absentee voting.

HJR 16 /  SJR 13 – Initiative and referendum process. Proposes a constitutional amendment changing the number of voter signatures that are required to place an initiative petition or a referendum on a ballot; specifically requires 8% of the legal voters in all congressional districts on initiative petitions and 5% of the legal voters in all districts on referendum petitions, rather than the current two-thirds of districts in each.

HJR 20 / HJR 21 – Repeal and modification of voter-passed referendum. Proposes a constitutional amendment changing the laws regarding the repeal or modification of a statutory provision of a referendum passed by voters; specifically states that the General Assembly cannot repeal or modify a statutory provision of a referendum without a two-thirds majority vote during the first session after the effective date of the statute, or without a four-sevenths majority vote during the second session after the effective date, or without a simple majority vote after the third session after the effective date.

HJR 23 – Initiative and referendum process.  Proposes a constitutional amendment changing the number of signatures required on an initiative petition proposing an amendment to the Missouri Constitution or on a referendum to change a state law; specifically requires the signatures of 15% of the legal voters in each of the congressional districts for an initiative and 10% of the voters in each of the congressional districts for a referendum.

HJR 26 / SJR 15 – Federal government. (See Judicial Administration)

HJR 28  /  HJR 32 – Term limits. Proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting a person from serving more than 16 years in the General Assembly in any proportion split between the House of Representatives and the Senate.

HJR 33 / HJR 35 / SJR 22 – Legislators vacating office for leaving state to avoid vote. Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring any office of a senator or representative to be deemed vacated if the member removes himself or herself from the state during session to avoid an official vote.

HJR 34 / SJR 12 – Term limits. Proposes a constitutional amendment changing legislative term limits to allow 12 years of service in either chamber of the General Assembly for persons elected after November 1, 2008.

HJR 36 – Number of members of Missouri House of Representatives. Proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the number of members of the House of Representatives from 163 to 99 beginning with the 98th General Assembly.

HR 39 – Federal health care reform. (See Health & Hospital Law)

SB 3 – Voter ID. Establishes photo identification requirements for voting.

SB 33 Arbitration with Department of Transportation. Repeals a provision of law which requires the department of transportation to submit to binding arbitration in negligence actions.

SB 68 – General Assembly subpoena power. Authorizes the issuance of subpoenas for the production of records by the General Assembly.

SB 75 – Ethics. Modifies the law relating to campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics; bars political fund-raising activities in state- or political-subdivision-owned buildings; prohibits elected officials and legislators from campaigning for or acting as a consultant for another official, or for a campaign, political action, or political party committee; prohibits legislators from acting as lobbyists for two years after leaving office; creates a crime for accepting an offer of anything of value to a public official in exchange for an action affecting legislation or rulemaking; establishes campaign contribution limits;

SB 105 / SB 205 – Advance voting.  Creates an advance voting system for elections.

SB 127 – Drug testing for elected officials. Requires certain public officials and certain staff members of the executive branch and legislature to submit to drug tests.

Oppose.
 

SB 225 – Judicial Elections. (See Judicial Administration)

SB 255 – Campaign finance limits. Institutes campaign contributions limits and designates city and country committees as political party committees for the purposes of campaign finance.

SB 264 – Congressional districts. Changes the number of congressional districts from 9 to 8.

SB 272 – Appropriation of attorney fees. Prohibits a state agency from requesting an additional appropriation of state moneys to satisfy an award of attorney fees and other expenses.

SJR 2 – Voter ID and advance voting. Establishes photo identification requirements for voting and requirements for advance voting.

SJR 7 – Term limits for statewide officials. Proposes a constitutional amendment to create term limits for all statewide elected officials.

SJR 9 – Voter ID. Allows enabling legislation for photographic identification for voting.

SJR 19 – St Louis City. Makes St. Louis city a part of St. Louis county.

SJR 21 – St. Louis City. Proposes a constitutional amendment to put a question on the ballot in the City of St. Louis regarding the city’s governance.

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