The Capitol Report | September 29th, 2016

Upcoming November Ballot Measures

Now that Veto Session is well behind us, we will set our sights on the quickly approaching November election. This year Missouri has several ballot measures or propositions, which are proposed pieces of legislation that must be approved or rejected by eligible voters to become law. Over the next few weeks, as we near the November election, I would like to briefly summarize each ballot measure that you will see when you head to the polls in a few months. This week I will cover three ballot measures.

Constitutional Amendment 1 asks: Shall Missouri continue for 10 years the one-tenth of one percent sales/use tax that is used for soil and water conservation and for state parks and historic sites, and resubmit this tax to the voters for approval in 10 years?

Constitutional Amendment 2 asks: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  • establish limits on campaign contributions by individuals or entities to political parties, political committees, or committees to elect candidates for state or judicial office;
  • prohibit individuals and entities from intentionally concealing the source of such contributions;
  • require corporations or labor organizations to meet certain requirements in order to make such contributions; and
  • provide a complaint process and penalties for any violations of this amendment?

Constitutional Amendment 3 asks: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  • increase taxes on cigarettes each year through 2020, at which point this additional tax will total 60 cents per pack of 20;
  • create a fee paid by cigarette wholesalers of 67 cents per pack of 20 on certain cigarettes, which fee shall increase annually; and
  • deposit funds generated by these taxes and fees into a newly established Early Childhood Health and Education Trust Fund?

In other news, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a public auction of various used department vehicles and equipment on Saturday, Oct. 15, starting at 10 A.M. at its Salem Maintenance Center located at the junction of Highway 72 and Highway 32. The auction will include boats, outboard motors, tractors, trailers, farm equipment, and vehicles.

For more information, including a list of auction items and procedures, go online to mdc.mo.gov/auction

You may read in more detail about what is happening at your State Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently for you as your State Representative.

-Jason


Now that Veto Session now well behind us, we will set our sights on the quickly approaching November election. This year Missouri has several ballot measures or propositions, which are proposed pieces of legislation that must be approved or rejected by eligible voters to become law. Over the next few weeks, as we near the November election, I would like to briefly summarize each ballot measure that you will see when you head to the polls in a few months. This week I will cover three ballot measures.

Constitutional Amendment 1
Proposed by Article IV, Section 47(c), Missouri Constitution – SJR 1, 2005

Official Ballot Question:

Shall Missouri continue for 10 years the one-tenth of one percent sales/use tax that is used for soil and water conservation and for state parks and historic sites, and resubmit this tax to the voters for approval in 10 years?

The measure continues and does not increase the existing sales and use tax of one-tenth of one percent for 10 years. The measure would continue to generate approximately $90 million annually for soil and water conservation and operation of the state park system.

Fair Ballot Language:

A “yes” vote will continue for 10 years the one-tenth of one percent sales/use tax that is used for soil and water conservation and for state parks and historic sites. This will be resubmitted to the voters for approval in 10 years.

A “no” vote will not continue this sales/use tax.

If passed, this measure will not increase or decrease taxes.

Constitutional Amendment 2
Proposed by Initiative Petition

Official Ballot Question:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  • establish limits on campaign contributions by individuals or entities to political parties, political committees, or committees to elect candidates for state or judicial office;
  • prohibit individuals and entities from intentionally concealing the source of such contributions;
  • require corporations or labor organizations to meet certain requirements in order to make such contributions; and
  • provide a complaint process and penalties for any violations of this amendment?

It is estimated this proposal will increase state government costs by at least $118,000 annually and have an unknown change in costs for local governmental entities. Any potential impact to revenues for state and local governmental entities is unknown.

Fair Ballot Language:

A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to establish limits on campaign contributions by individuals or entities to political parties, political committees, or committees to elect candidates for state or judicial office. This amendment prohibits individuals and entities from intentionally concealing the source of such contributions. This amendment also requires corporations or labor organizations to meet certain requirements in order to make such contributions. This amendment further provides a complaint process and penalties for any violations of this amendment.

A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to establish limits on campaign contributions.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

Official Ballot Title – Constitutional Amendment 3
Proposed by Initiative Petition

Official Ballot Question:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  • increase taxes on cigarettes each year through 2020, at which point this additional tax will total 60 cents per pack of 20;
  • create a fee paid by cigarette wholesalers of 67 cents per pack of 20 on certain cigarettes, which fee shall increase annually; and
  • deposit funds generated by these taxes and fees into a newly established Early Childhood Health and Education Trust Fund?

When cigarette tax increases are fully implemented, estimated additional revenue to state government is $263 million to $374 million annually, with limited estimated implementation costs. The revenue will fund only programs and services allowed by the proposal. The fiscal impact to local governmental entities is unknown.

Fair Ballot Language:

A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to increase taxes on cigarettes each year through 2020, at which point this additional tax will total 60 cents per pack of 20. This amendment also creates a fee paid by cigarette wholesalers of 67 cents per pack of 20 on certain cigarettes. This amendment further provides that the funds generated by these taxes and fees shall be deposited into a newly established Early Childhood Health and Education Trust Fund.

A “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution relating to taxes and fees on cigarettes.

If passed, this measure will increase taxes on cigarettes.

MDC To Hold Auction

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a public auction of various used department vehicles and equipment on Saturday, Oct. 15, starting at 10 A.M. at its Salem Maintenance Center located at the junction of Highway 72 and Highway 32. The auction will include boats, outboard motors, tractors, trailers, farm equipment, and vehicles.

Those interested can view auction items on Friday, Oct. 14, at the Salem Maintenance Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with preregistration starting at 9 a.m. Registration the day of the sale begins at 7:30 a.m. A complete lot listing and terms of sales will be available at the registration desk the day of the auction.

For more information, including a list of auction items and procedures, go online to mdc.mo.gov/auction

Trip to Arkansas

14469602_10157508210265554_9089185887733490598_nThis week I traveled to Rogers, Arkansas to attend the Southern States Energy Board’s 56th Annual Meeting. Arkansas State Governor Asa Hutchinson (side) delivered the keynote speech. The theme for this year’s meeting was “The Role of States in Navigating America’s Energy Economy.” The event focused on key energy and environmental challenges impacting our region and how states can “navigate” these challenges to build stronger energy economies.

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol Office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 115-H, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

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