Missouri 2014 ballot measures
Eight statewide ballot measures are certified for 2014 ballots in Missouri, with five measures set to appear on the August 5 primary election ballot and three others set for the November 4 general election ballot.
The eight measures are legislatively-referred constitutional amendments. Together, the certified measures address the following topics:
The 2014 legislative session began on January 8, 2014, and concluded on May 19, 2014. Proposed amendments had to be agreed to by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Missouri General Assembly in order to be placed on the ballot. Legislators referred more measures to the ballot in 2014 than they had in any of the past 16 years.
Though a total of 65 initiatives were filed, only 2 initiated constitutional amendments are still in the running and have the potential to make the November general election ballot. In order to land initiated constitutional amendments on the ballot, signatures had to be obtained from registered voters equal to 8 percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from 6 of the state's 8 congressional districts. This means supporters had to submit at least 157,788 valid signatures to the Missouri Secretary of State's office by May 4, 2014. Both of the potential initiatives' campaigns submitted many more signatures than the required minimum by the May deadline. The secretary of state's office has until the August 5, 2014 primary election to decide whether the initiatives should be certified.
- Since 1996, an average of six measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Missouri. Therefore, 2014 is an above-average year, based on the number of certified measures.
- The number of measures on statewide ballots since 1996 has ranged from two to 10.
- Since 1996, 39 of 59, or 66 percent, of Missouri ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, 20 of 59, or 34 percent, of measures have been defeated.
On the ballot
- See also: 2014 ballot measures
|Amendment 1||Agriculture||Guarantees farmers and ranchers the right to engage in their livelihoods, produce food for others|
|Amendment 5||Firearms||Establishes the right to keep and bear arms, ammunition and accessories|
|Amendment 7||Taxes||Increases state sales and use taxes for 10 years to fund transportation projects|
|Amendment 8||Lottery||Creates new lottery ticket with profits going toward veterans' programs|
|Amendment 9||Civil Rights||Protects electronic data from unreasonable searches and seizures|
|Amendment 2||Trials||Renders prior criminal acts admissible in court during child sexual abuse trials|
|Amendment 6||Elections||Establishes a six-day long early voting period|
|Amendment 10||Gov't Finances||Prohibits the governor from estimating available state revenues when making budget recommendations under certain legislative circumstances|
|Early Voting Initiative||Elections||Implements six-week voting period|
|Teacher Performance Evaluation Amendment||Education||Implements performance evaluation for teachers, tied to pay, raises, etc.|
Not on the ballot
|Eminent Domain Restriction Measure||Eminent Domain||Limits use of eminent domain|
|Supreme Court Justices Elections Amendment||Judiciary||Requires justices to declare partisanship and run for position|
|State Income Tax Credit Amendment||Taxes||Creates tax credit based on amount donated to non-profit schools|
|Campaign Contributions Cap Amendment||Elections||Caps contributions to those running for office in state|
|Religious Funding Amendment||Religion||Repeals ban on using funds for religious causes|
|Local Taxes on Tobacco Products Amendment||Tobacco||Allows residents to amend local taxes on tobacco products|
|Transportation Sales and Use Tax||Taxes||Implements sales and use tax with revenue going to Missouri Department of Transportation|
|CISS||Commission on Human Rights Initiative||LGBT||Outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation|
|CISS||Minimum Wage Initiative||Min Wage||Increases state's minimum wage, provides for adjustments|
|CISS||Lending Charges Limits Initiative||Business||Sets limits on certain lending charges|
|CISS||Marijuana Legalization Initiative||Marijuana||Legalizes the production, sale, possession and consumption of marijuana|
|CISS||Loan Interest Rate Limit Initiative||Business||Limits interest rate on certain types of loans|
|Transportation Tax Amendment||Taxes||Raises the sales tax in the state for transportation needs|
|Voter I.D. Amendment||Elections||Requires voters show photographic identification at the polls|
|Budget Cuts School Exemption Amendment||Gov't Finances||Exempts education funding from budget cuts made by the governor|
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