Protection for initiatives passed by voters

One final initiative to protect all of the others.

Amendments to the Missouri Constitution passed through the initiative enjoy a measure of protection not afforded to statutes (laws) passed through the initiative.  All constitutional amendments must be approved by the voters.  So if the legislature wants to alter or repeal an amendment passed through the initiative, that alteration or repeal must be approved by the voters.  Under present laws in Missouri, a statute (law) passed by voters through the initiative does not enjoy that same protection.  Laws passed through the initiative can be substantially altered or even repealed immediately by the legislature.  This has happened in the past.  If this proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution is approved by voters, it will not happen again.

This petition has been approved by the Secretary of State for circulation in Missouri.  If enough signatures are obtained by May 16, 2018, it will be on the ballot on November 6, 2018.  If approved by the voters, it will be effective 30 days later.

 

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To print copies of this petition, go to the “Print Petitions” tab.  Be certain to read the “Instructions for Circulators” before you begin gathering signatures.

This is the full text of this proposed amendment:  (Everything except the underlined text is already in the Missouri Constitution.  The underlined text is what is being added to the constitution):

Be it resolved by the people of the state of Missouri that the Constitution be amended:

Article III of the Constitution is revised by amending Section 52(b) to read as follows:

Section 52(b). The veto power of the governor shall not extend to measures referred to the people. All elections on measures referred to the people shall be had at the general state elections, except when the general assembly shall order a special election. Any measure referred to the people shall take effect when approved by a majority of the votes cast thereon, and not otherwise. This section shall not be construed to deprive any member of the general assembly of the right to introduce any measure, except that any measure introduced by a member of the general assembly and passed by the general assembly that alters, amends, or repeals a measure proposed through the initiative and subsequently approved by the people shall not take effect unless and until it is also approved by the people.