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Greatest threat to liberty will be on the Senate floor this week.

Please act Monday morning.

May 8, 2022

Missouri First Home

With one week left in the current session of the Missouri Legislature, the greatest threat to liberty is HJR 79. It is supposed to be on the Senate floor this week.

HJR 79 would result in a HUGE power shift to Missouri courts.

I need you to call Senator Sandy Crawford and the other Republicans in the state Senate, and tell them to vote “no” on HJR 79 OR change it to the Concurrent Majority ratification. (See right sidebar.)

ACTION ITEM details at the end of this email.

Here's why this is critical:

HJR 79 is a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would primarily do two things:

  1. Double the signatures required for citizens to propose a constitutional amendment when government is oppressive or unresponsive, and

  2. Require a 2/3 vote to ratify amendments to the state Constitution.

On the surface, both of those changes may sound good, but here are the problems with each:

  1. Doubling the signatures required would do very little to slow down the deep pocket interests that want to do things you and I don't want done to the Missouri Constitution, but at the same time doubling the signature count would make it virtually impossible for a grassroots petition drive.

    A 2/3 ratification vote would mean that the left-leaning urban areas of the state would be able to effectively veto liberty amendments by merely mustering a 1/3 no vote – an easy task.

  2. Yes, 2/3 would make it harder for the left to amend the constitution with a ballot measure, too, but the left works through the courts more than anything, where the vote of the people does not matter.

    A 2/3 ratification vote requirement would be a HUGE power shift to the courts!

ROE v WADE AND HJR 79

Consider this very possible scenario:

Assume that the leaked Roe v. Wade opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court is accurate, and by July abortion is totally outlawed in Missouri. (That's because 2019 HB 126 included a “trigger” clause that said, if Roe was ever reversed, a ban on abortion would become effective.)

Please understand that the leaked SCOTUS opinion does not outlaw abortion, it just leaves the matter up to each state.

That means the pro abortion crowd will be looking for ways to replace the Roe v. Wade ruling with a state “right” to abortion.

Missouri's left-leaning Supreme Court may very well give them what they want!

And if they do, the only way forward for us is an amendment to the state Constitution that reins in that court opinion. Or, if we are to be proactive and preempt a bad opinion, we would use an amendment like those proposed in this year's SJR 48, SJR 52, or SJR 53 (none of which are moving).

With any of those SJRs, a 2/3 ratification vote requirement would be easily thwarted when the urban areas muster a mere 1/3 no votes.

MAKING MATTERS EVEN WORSE

If all of that isn't bad enough, consider that HJR 79 does not affect amendments proposed by a state constitutional convention.

That's rights, HJR 79 would require a 2/3 vote for amendments proposed by initiative and the legislature, but either amendments or a whole new constitution would still be ratified with a simple majority if proposed by a constitutional convention.

And this November, as is the case every 20 years, voters will be asked if we should hold a constitutional convention.

ACTION ITEM

Senator Sandy Crawford is handling HJR 79 in the Senate. She seems open to ideas, so call and email her and say that HJR 79 in its current form must be stopped.

Senator Sandy Crawford
Office: (573) 751-8793
Fax: (573) 526-8793
Sandy.Crawford@senate.mo.gov

Also call or email Republican senators and give them the same message.

Jason Bean

R-25

(573) 751-4843

Mike Bernskoetter

R-06

(573) 751-2076

Rick Brattin

R-31

(573) 751-2108

Justin Brown

R-16

(573) 751-5713

Eric Burlison

R-20

(573) 751-1503

Mike Cierpiot

R-08

(573) 751-1464

Sandy Crawford

R-28

(573) 751-8793

Bill Eigel

R-23

(573) 751-1141

Karla Eslinger

R-33

(573) 751-1882

Elaine Gannon

R-03

(573) 751-4008

Dan Hegeman

R-12

(573) 751-1415

Denny Hoskins

R-21

(573) 751-4302

Lincoln Hough

R-30

(573) 751-1311

Andrew Koenig

R-15

(573) 751-5568

Tony Luetkemeyer

R-34

(573) 751-2183

Mike Moon

R-29

(573) 751-1480

Cindy O’Laughlin

R-18

(573) 751-7985

Bob Onder

R-02

(573) 751-1282

Holly Rehder

R-27

(573) 751-2459

Jeanie Riddle

R-10

(573) 751-2757

Caleb Rowden

R-19

(573) 751-3931

Dave Schatz

R-26

(573) 751-3678

Bill White

R-32

(573) 751-2173

Paul Wieland

R-22

(573) 751-1492

In Liberty,

- Ron
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Resources

Virtually every law in American is made by Concurrent Majority, other than ratifying amendments to state constitution.

The U.S. Constitution is not ratified by a popular vote -- it is ratified by a concurrent majority consensus of the states. Every legislature is made up of representatives of citizens from districts from a broad geographic area and it takes a consensus of those areas to pass a bill.

Even the president is selected by concurrent majority – that's what the Electoral College is.

HJR 132 would require a concurrent majority to amend the Missouri Constitution.

It requires two conditions be met for ratification: 1) A statewide majority popular vote, just as we have now, and 2) A majority popular vote in more than half the state House districts.

This requirement applies to initiative, legislative, and convention proposed amendments (or entire constitution in the case of a convention).

 

At the general election on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November 1962, and every twenty years thereafter, the secretary of state shall, and at any general or special election the general assembly by law may, submit to the electors of the state the question "Shall there be a convention to revise and amend the constitution?"

 

"At the election the electors of the state shall elect fifteen delegates-at-large and the electors of each state senatorial district shall elect two delegates."

"To secure representation from different political parties in each senatorial district, in the manner prescribed by its senatorial district committee each political party shall nominate but one candidate for delegate from each senatorial district,"

"Candidates for delegates-at-large shall be nominated by nominating petitions only, which shall be signed by electors of the state equal to five percent of the legal voters in the senatorial district in which the candidate resides"

"All such candidates shall be voted for on a separate ballot without party designation, and the fifteen receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected.:

 

"That the people of this state have the inherent, sole and exclusive right to regulate the internal government and police thereof, and to alter and abolish their constitution and form of government whenever they may deem it necessary to their safety and happiness, provided such change be not repugnant to the Constitution of the United States.."

 

"The people reserve power to propose and enact or reject laws and amendments to the constitution by the initiative, independent of the general assembly, and also reserve power to approve or reject by referendum any act of the general assembly, except as hereinafter provided."

We also have an interactive online database of all the ballot measures since 1910, here: http://www.libertytools.org/BillTracking/MO-Ballot-History.php

 

 

 

 

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