Endorsing Amendment 1 and Prop B
The Secretary of State has officially certified the Clean Missouri ethics initiative as Amendment 1 on the November ballot. The League of Women Voters of Missouri has endorsed this reform package to clean up Missouri politics by banning most lobbyist gifts, lowering contribution limits for legislative races, and making other needed reforms.
“Amendment 1 is our chance to increase fairness, integrity and transparency in government,” says LWVMO President Kathleen Boswell. “Year after year, politicians are re-elected with big money, in districts drawn by politicians and party insiders. Amendment 1 limits the influence of special interests in the legislature and ensures no party is given an unfair advantage when redistricting occurs after the next census. Amendment 1 establishes clear, transparent criteria to ensure fair and competitive maps, which are reviewed by a citizens’ commission.”
Amendment 1 sets the following criteria, in order of priority, for drawing new legislative seats after each census:
– Make districts as equal in population as practicable;
– Comply with requirements of U.S. Constitution and applicable federal laws, such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965;
– Promote partisan fairness, which would be defined as parties being able to translate their popular support into legislative representation with about equal efficiency;
– Promote competitiveness, which would be defined as parties’ representation in the state legislature being similarly responsive to changes in the electorate’s preferences;
– Create districts composed of contiguous territory;
– Create districts which coincide with the boundaries of political subdivisions of the state; and
– Create districts compact in form.
Several League leaders held news conferences across the state on Aug. 14 and 15 to support Amendment 1. Pictured below is the Jefferson City event where LWV President Kathleen Boswell, Secretary Louise Wilkerson and board member Marilyn McLeod spoke. Click here for news coverage of the Springfield news conference.
“The League’s position is that political and racial gerrymandering distorts and undermines representative democracy by allowing officials to select voters, rather than allowing voters to elect their officials,” Marilyn McLeod said. “Amendment 1 is our chance to clean up state politics.”
The last week of the legislative session, Nancy Miller testified in Jefferson City against HJR100, a bill that would have undermined CLEAN Missouri’s redistricting changes. She stressed the LWV position that political and racial gerrymandering distorts and undermines representative democracy by allowing officials to select their voters rather than voters to elect their officials.
Minimum Wage Position Approved
At the May 4 meeting, the State Board accepted as the LWVMO position the St. Louis study group’s recommendations to support raising the minimum wage to advance self-sufficiency for individuals and families.
Seven of the eight local League of Women Voters are supporting Raise Up Missouri’s initiative that will be on the ballot in November as Proposition B. It would raise Missouri’s minimum wage to 8.60 in 2019, $9.45 in 2020, $10.30 in 2021, $11.15 in 2022, and $12 an hour in 2023. This increase is estimated to positively affect 23 percent of Missouri’s population.