Missouri 2014 ballot measures
Both measures are legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, one of which addresses agriculture and the other criminal trials. The 2014 legislative session began on January 8, 2014 and is expected to conclude on May 30, 2014. Proposed amendments must 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. At least 15 other measures - a mix of initiated constitutional amendments, initiated state statutes and legislatively-referred constitutional amendments - have the potential to make the November general election ballot. In order to land initiatives on the ballot, supporters must collect the mandated number of signatures and submit them by the prescribed deadline. The supporting groups have until May 4, 2014 to turn in the required amount of valid signatures to the Missouri Secretary of State's office.
Missouri law states that signatures must be obtained from registered voters equal to eight percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts, meaning supporters must submit at least 157,788 valid signatures by the May deadline. Missouri law states that signatures for initiated state statutes must be obtained from registered voters equal to five percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts. This amounts to a minimum of 98,618 valid signatures, depending on which districts signatures are gathered from.
- Since 1996, an average of six measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Missouri. Therefore, 2014 is a below-average year, based on the number of currently certified measures.
- The number of measures on a statewide ballot since 1996 has ranged from two to 10.
- Since 1996, 39 of 59, or 66%, of Missouri ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, 20 of 59, or 34%, of measures have been defeated.
On the ballot
- See also: 2014 ballot measures
|Amendment 1||Agri||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||Criminal Trials||Renders prior criminal acts admissible in court during child sexual abuse trials|
|Amendment 3||Labor||Implements performance evaluation for teachers tied to pay, raises, etc.|
|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|
Not on the ballot
|Transportation Tax||Taxes||Raises the sales tax in the state for transportation needs|
State of Missouri
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Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | Commissioner of Education | Director of Insurance | Director of Agriculture | Director of Natural Resources | Director of Labor & Industrial Relations | Chairman of Public Service Commission |