Missouri 2014 ballot measures

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Nine statewide ballot measures were certified for 2014 ballots in Missouri, five of which appeared on the August 5 primary election ballot, while the remaining four were on the November 4 general election ballot. Eight of the total nine measures were legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, and one was an initiated constitutional amendment.

Five of the nine measures were approved, while four - including the initiated measure, which sought to implement performance evaluations tied to compensation for teachers - were defeated.

Legislators referred more measures to the ballot in 2014 than they had in any of the past 16 years. The 2014 legislative session began on January 8 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.[1] Governor Jay Nixon (D), who explicitly expressed his opposition toward at least two of the five amendments set to appear on the primary ballot - Amendments 1 and 7 - decided in May to place five of the total eight legislatively-referred constitutional amendments on the August 5 primary ballot, leaving three others to be decided in November.[2][3][4]

Though a total of 65 initiatives were filed, only one initiated constitutional amendment made 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 six of the state's eight 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. Two potential initiatives' campaigns submitted many more signatures than the required minimum by the May deadline. The secretary of state's office had until the August 5, 2014, primary election to decide whether the initiatives should be certified. Only one was certified.

The nine measures that were featured on the ballot address the following topics:[5]

Historical facts

  • Between 1996 and 2013, an average of six measures appeared annually on the ballot in Missouri. Therefore, 2014 was an above-average year, based on the number of certified measures.
  • From 1996 to 2014, the number of measures on statewide ballots ranged from two to 10.
  • Between 1996 and 2014, 44 of 68, or 65 percent, of Missouri ballot measures were approved by voters; 2014 was therefore a below-average year with its 56 percent approval rate.
  • Conversely, 22 of 68, or 35 percent, of measures were defeated since 1996.

On the ballot

See also: 2014 ballot measures

August 5:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Agri Guarantees farmers and ranchers the right to engage in their livelihoods; produce food for others Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Firearms Establishes the right to keep and bear arms, ammunition and accessories Approveda
LRCA Amendment 7 Taxes Increases state sales and use taxes for 10 years to fund transportation projects Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 8 Lottery Creates new lottery ticket with profits going toward veterans' programs Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 9 Civil Rights Protects electronic data from unreasonable searches and seizures Approveda

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 2 Criminal Trials Renders prior criminal acts admissible in court during child sexual abuse trials Approveda
CICA Amendment 3 Labor Implements performance evaluation for teachers tied to pay, raises, etc. Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 6 Elections Establishes a six-day-long early voting period Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 10 Gov't Finances Prohibits the governor from estimating available state revenues when making budget recommendations under certain legislative circumstances Approveda


Not on the ballot

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Early Voting Initiative Elections Implements six-week voting period Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Eminent Domain Restriction Measure Eminent Domain Limits use of eminent domain Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Supreme Court Justices Elections Amendment Judiciary Requires justices to declare partisanship and run for position Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA State Income Tax Credit Amendment Taxes Creates tax credit based on amount donated to non-profit schools Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Campaign Contributions Cap Amendment Elections Caps contributions to those running for office in state Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Religious Funding Amendment Religion Repeals ban on using funds for religious causes Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Local Taxes on Tobacco Products Amendment Tobacco Allows residents to amend local taxes on tobacco products Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Transportation Sales and Use Tax Taxes Implements sales and use tax with revenue going to Missouri Department of Transportation Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Commission on Human Rights Initiative LGBT Outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Minimum Wage Initiative Min Wage Increases state's minimum wage; provides for adjustments Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Lending Charges Limits Initiative Business Sets limits on certain lending charges Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Marijuana Legalization Initiative Marijuana Legalizes the production, sale, possession and consumption of marijuana Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Loan Interest Rate Limit Initiative Business Reg Limits interest rate on certain types of loans Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Transportation Tax Amendment Taxes Raises the sales tax in the state for transportation needs Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Voter I.D. Amendment Elections Requires voters show photographic identification at the polls Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Budget Cuts School Exemption Amendment Gov't Finances Exempts education funding from budget cuts made by the governor Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot


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