MISSOURI – Voters in Missouri passed Amendment 1, also know as the “Clean Missouri” Amendment, by a large margin last night.
The Amendment proposed changes to redistricting, campaign finance and political lobbying.
Under Amendment 1, a non-partisan state demographer position will be created. That person will draw the district maps for congressional and state legislative district boundaries. The position will be chosen by the state auditor, the state Senate majority leader, and the state Senate minority leader. Previously the boundaries were drawn by two separate commissions made up of an equal amount of Republicans and Democrats.
The Amendment also sets contribution limits for candidates and committees. State Senate candidates will only be able to receive $2,500 per person per election cycle, while House candidates are maxed out at $2,000 per person per election cycle.
Those who donate will not be able to use a fake name or another person’s name and cannot donate through another person in order to hide their identity.
The Missouri State Legislature is prevented from passing laws that allow for unlimited campaign contributions.
The third portion of the Amendment addresses political lobbying.
Legislators and employees are now required to wait two years after the end of the legislative session they served in to become a paid lobbyist. They are also prohibited from accepting gifts from paid lobbyists in excess of $5.
The Amendment passed with 1,461,062 votes which was 62 percent.