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Greetings! Hope your summer has been a good one!
August Primary Results in Solid Voter Turnout
The August primary elections drew a significant number of voters who wanted to make their voices heard on a variety of issues ranging from gun rights to farming rights. With a turnout of nearly 25 percent, this year’s primary saw an uptick in voter participation compared to the average turnout over the past few decades. However, it did fall short of the 27 percent turnout that many election officials predicted. Still, it was encouraging to see so many of you make your way to the polls to participate in our free and open elections, and I thank you for your support.
Voters Decide Right to Farm is Right for Missouri
While it was a close race, voters ultimately decided Amendment 1 was the right direction to take for Missouri’s family farmers and agriculture industry. Known as the “Right to Farm” bill, the provision changes the Missouri Constitution to “ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed." In effect, the amendment will prevent changes made to state law that infringe on the rights of farmers. Considering Missouri’s history as an agricultural state and the huge impact the farming industry continues to have on our state, this is an important protection to have in place to ensure farmers will be able to continue to make a living by putting food on our tables.
I know that you have probably received a lot of information both from candidates and on ballot initiatives on both sides of the issues. Here is some information from the Missouri Secretary of State's website; hope this helps.
The following measures have been certified for the August 5, 2014 primary election, and additional information regarding elections and ballot measures may be found on the Secretary of State website: www.sos.mo.gov
2014 August Ballot Measures
Official Ballot Title: Constitutional Amendment 1
[Proposed by the 97th General Assembly (First Regular Session) CCS#2 for SS for HCS HJR Nos. 11 & 7]
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed?
The potential costs or savings to governmental entities are unknown, but likely limited unless the resolution leads to increased litigation costs and/or the loss of federal funding.
Greetings! Hope your summer is off to a good start! I hope you are able to enjoy some summer activities with family and friends.
Overview of August Ballot Measures
At the beginning of August we will head to the voting booth to decide on a number of proposals that would make substantive changes to the Missouri Constitution. Changing the constitution is no small matter and for that reason I think it’s important that we all be as educated as possible before voting on these measures. Below is a brief overview of each proposed constitutional change. I hope you will find these helpful as you look ahead to the Aug. 5 election.
Amendment 1 - Right to Farm
Amendment 1 will give Missouri voters the opportunity to enact a constitutional amendment affirming the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices. Known as the “Right to Farm” bill, it would, upon voter approval, “ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed." The amendment would prevent changes made to state law that infringe on the rights of farmers.
Amendment 5 - Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Amendment 5 is a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would reinforce the right of Missouri citizens to keep and bear arms, ammunition and accessories in defense of their family, in addition to the current rights to protect a person’s home, property or themselves. The amendment would also make these rights inalienable, and obligate Missouri to uphold these liberties and under no circumstance decline to protect against their infringement.