Amendment No.1 will guarantee the rights of Missourian's to engage in farming and farming practices, subject to any power given to local government under Article VI of the Missouri Constitution. It does NOT give any additional rights to CAFO's or corporate farms. It WILL allow the state to govern our farming practices not the Feds or outside interests.
Amendment No.5 expands the right to keep and bear arms, including ammunition and related accessories for such arms. It also removes language that could restrict the wearing of concealed weapons by qualified citizens. This amendment was offered to deter Federal intervention in the sale and possession of ammunition for the most part. Many in the Legislature feel that there may be attempts by some factions within the Federal Government to regulate ammunition to circumvent Second Amendment law.
Amendment No.7 would increase funding for state, county, and municipal street, road, bridge, highway, and public transportation initiatives by increasing the state sales tax by three quarters of one percent for 10 years. After 10 years this measure would have to be re-approved by the voters. There could be no changes in gasoline tax and no toll roads or bridges during the 10-year period. The tax does not apply to groceries, insurance, Rx medicines, or gasoline. It is estimated to cost a low-income family less than $25 dollars per year. The money cannot be diverted for uses other than those on the locally developed project lists and CANNOT be diverted to non-transportation projects. After hearing testimony in Committee Hearings for the past 4 years, I am convinced this is a necessary measure.
Amendment No.8 creates a "Veterans Lottery Ticket." The revenue from the sale of these tickets will be used for projects and services for veterans only. We started action on this bill two years ago, which was well ahead of the scandal going on now with our veteran's hospitals. It sounded like a good idea then and it sounds even better to me now. If you are against gambling, simply buy a ticket and don't scratch it off!
Amendment No.9 specifies that electronic data and communications have the same protections from unreasonable search and seizures as persons, papers, homes, and effects. This question addresses the very real possibility of eavesdropping on our computers, iPads and cell phones. There may or may not be the capability in existence today, but it certainly is a possibility in the future.
Well, that's the list. I'm more than happy to visit with anyone about any of the issues and there is a public watermelon feed at Big Spring Park at 6:00 on the 24th where the issues will be discussed.
We spent quite a bit of time at the Fair last week and there were sure some great looking animals! I'm always proud of the kids (and their parents) who spend untold hours grooming and caring for them. Those lessons learned will be with them for a lifetime. Congratulations to everyone who was there.
More next week, until then I am and remain in your service.