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It was the worst vote in recent Missouri history, but the House may break the record this week.
May 13, 2015 - Jefferson City, MO
It was, arguably, the worst vote ever taken by either house of the Missouri General Assembly.
It was April 14, 2011 and a unanimous vote by the House of Representatives to 3rd Read and Pass HB 609, the bill that would have set up a state Obamacare exchange. Largely due to the fast work of grassroots activists, HB 609 was stopped in the Senate.
Of course, in retrospect, we know just how bad it would have been to set up a state exchange, since non-cooperation by Missouri and a majority of the other states states will be a major factor in dismantling Obamacare.
On top of that, we now know that the opponents of HB 609 were right about the ongoing cost to the states that did set up exchanges. In the news today we learn that the Hawaii legislature was faced with the decision to spend over $30 million to bail out their exchange or let it go belly up. They made the right decision – the one they should have made from the start.
In the remaining three days of session, the Missouri House has a chance to break the 2001 worst vote record.
SCR 21, SCR 24 and SB 433 may make it to the floor for a Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed vote. These bills all prematurely apply to Congress to call a convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. I say “prematurely” because no one knows what the rules for such a convention will be. Common sense tells you that the rules should be established BEFORE an application for the convention is issued.
To make matters worse, the SCRs are “continuing applications” that never go away, even if the political climate drastically changes in the future. I can think of no more applicable term for that than “reckless”, unless it's “foolish”.
Those measures should, at least, include a sunset date no longer than the tenure of the current General Assembly, even IF an application was in order.
To learn more about the dangers of an Article V convention, go to: https://www.mofirst.org/?page=issues/cos/COS-Resources.php
The first Constitutional Convention sprung from a special time in history, with a special set of circumstances and it was conducted by some very special people. Don't expect as good an outcome if it is tried again.
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