This November will be the 2nd time I will be voting in a mid-term election as a Missouri resident.  I take my responsibility as a voter seriously.  No matter who you vote for, or what makes you vote, you should do it.  This mid-term, we will be electing a new Senator for our state, and there are 4 constitutional amendments that you should know about.  I though I would let you know a little about them. This is what a "Yes" or "No" vote will mean on the amendments.

Ballot Language

Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution (Amendment 1) to:

  • allow the General Assembly to override the current constitutional restrictions of state investments by the state treasurer; and
  • allow state investments in municipal securities possessing one of the top five highest long term ratings or the highest short term rating?

If you vote "Yes" - Amend the Missouri Constitution to grant the General Assembly statutory authority to invest state funds and also expand the state treasurer’s investment options. If you vote "No" - will not amend the Missouri Constitution and limit the treasurer to investigate state funds only in those investment options currently approved by the Constitution.

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Legalizing Marijuana Initiative 

Amendment 3

  • remove state prohibitions on purchasing, possessing, consuming, using, delivering, manufacturing, and selling marijuana for personal use for adults over the age of twenty-one
  • require a registration card for personal cultivation with prescribed limits;
  • allow persons with certain marijuana-related non-violent offenses to petition for release from incarceration or parole and probation and have records expunged;
  • establish a lottery selection process to award licenses and certificates;
  • issue equally distributed licenses to each congressional district; and
  • impose a 6% tax on the retail price of marijuana to benefit various programs?

A "Yes" vote supports the idea to legalize marijuana and remove state prohibitions on the purchase, possession, consumption, use, delivery, manufacture, and sale of marijuana for personal use for adults over the age of 21. A "No" vote, the opposite.

Police Funding (Amendment 4)

The Missouri Constitution could be amended to authorize laws passed by Dec 31 2026 that increase minimum funding for a police force established by a state board of police commissioners to ensure such police force has additional resources to serve its communities.

A "Yes" vote will allow the Missouri legislature to increase minimum funding for the Kansas City Police Department.  A "No" vote opposes it.

National Guard (Amendment 5)

Shall the Missouri National Guard currently under the Missouri Department of Public Safety be its own department, known as the Missouri Department of the National Guard, which shall be required to protect the constitutional rights and civil liberties of Missourians?

A "Yes" vote would allow the creation of the Missouri Department of the National Guard as a new state agency, headed by an adjutant general appointed by and serving the pleasure of the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate. a "No" vote, would be the opposite.

You can get a bit more details HERE.  Hopefully this will help prepare you when you enter the voting booth this November. Your vote does matter.  Exercise your right and make your voice heard.

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