Two joint resolutions certified for November 2014 ballot

Posted July 10, 2014 at 11:47 am

Secretary of State Jason Kander on Monday, June 30, announced that two joint resolutions have been certified for the November 2014 ballot. Both were referred to voters by the General Assembly.

The official ballot title for Constitutional Amendment 6 (HJR 90) reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to permit voting in person or by mail for a period of six business days prior to and including the Wednesday before the election day in all general elections?

State governmental entities estimated startup costs of about $2 million and costs to reimburse local election authorities of at least $100,000 per election. Local election authorities estimated higher reimbursable costs per election. Those costs will depend on the compensation, staffing and planning decisions of election authorities with the total costs being unknown.

The official ballot title for Constitutional Amendment 10 (HJR 72) reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to require the governor to pay the public debt, to prohibit the governor from relying on revenue from legislation not yet passed when proposing a budget, and to provide a legislative check on the governor’s decisions to restrict funding for education and other state services?

State governmental entities expect no direct costs or savings. Local governmental entities expect an unknown fiscal impact.

The Missouri Constitution empowers the General Assembly to refer proposed constitutional amendments and general laws to voters. The amendments will take effect if a majority of voters approve.