Mo. ballot issue: Amendment 3

Mo. ballot issue: Amendment 3
Amendment 3 would amend Article III of the Missouri Constitution to change some things from Amendment 1 that was passed in 2018. (Source: WBTV File)

(KFVS) - Amendment 3 on the ballot in Missouri addresses the redistricting process and criteria, lobbying and campaign finance.

According to Ballotpedia, the amendment would amend Article III of the Missouri Constitution to change some things from Amendment 1 that was passed in 2018, including:

  • State would use bipartisan commissions appointed by the governor for legislative redistricting and get rid of the nonpartisan state demographer that was created by Amendment 1 when it was approved in 2018
  • Bipartisan commissions would be renamed the House Independent Bipartisan Citizens Commission and the Senate Independent Bipartisan Citizens Commission. Each would have 20 members
  • Change the criteria used to draw district maps
  • Change the threshold of lobbyists' gifts from $5 to $0 and lower the campaign contribution limit for state senate campaigns from $2,500 to $2,400

Amendment 3 reads in full:

"Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  • Ban gifts from paid lobbyists to legislators and their employees
  • Reduce legislative campaign contribution limits
  • Change the redistricting process voters approved in 2018 by:
    • Transferring responsibility for drawing state legislative districts from the non-partisan state demographer to governor-appointed bipartisan commissions
    • modifying and reordering the redistricting criteria

State governmental entities expect no cost or savings. Individual local governmental entities expect significant decreased revenues or a total unknown amount."

A “yes” vote supports amending the Missouri Constitution.

A “no” vote opposes amending the Missouri Constitution, and would keep the current criteria in place.

In 2018, when Amendment 1 was approved, it:

  • Created a non-partisan demographer responsible for state legislative redistricting
  • Prohibited the Missouri state Legislature from passing laws allowing unlimited campaign contributions to candidates for the state legislature
  • Set campaign contribution limits for legislative candidates and candidate committees at $2,500 from one person to elect someone to the state Senate and $2,000 from one person to elect someone to the state House

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