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Capitol Report -- Nov. 10Posted Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 3:53 PM
Election Day is finally behind us! Thank you to everyone in the 51st District for your support and votes. It is an honor to be your representative!
As you know, Missourians had a number of important ballot initiatives to consider on Tuesday. As the final ballots were tallied, voters had decided to reject both proposed cigarette tax increases, but supported the other measures on the ballot. Below is a brief summary of the election results.
Missouri Sees Major Changes on Election Day
When the House convenes for the 2017 session in January, the breakdown will be 117 Republicans to 46 Democrats. The margin gives Republicans 8 more votes than necessary to override a gubernatorial veto. In the Senate, Republicans will continue to have a veto proof majority as they will hold 24 of the 34 seats. However, with a Republican now set to hold the governor's office, the legislature's historic number of veto overrides in recent years will likely come to a halt as the legislative and executive branches instead work together on shared priorities.
Missourians Say Yes to Voter ID and Contribution Limits but No to Cigarette Tax Increases
Constitutional Amendment 1 -- Missouri's Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax
Since the tax was last approved by voters in 2006, more than 61,000 conservation practices have been implemented through $348 million in cost-share grant projects. The funds are used to prevent soil from erosion and to maintain and improve Missouri's 88 parks and historic sites.
Constitutional Amendment 2 -- Campaign Contribution Limits
Constitutional Amendment 4 -- Prohibition on New Sales and Use Taxes
In recent years states like North Carolina and Washington have enacted taxes on services. North Carolina's new tax extends to services like auto repair, sign painting, and some heating and plumbing work. States have enacted the new taxes in an effort to make up for lagging revenues from lower sales tax collections. Amendment 4 will ensure similar taxes cannot be put into place in Missouri.
Constitutional Amendment 6 -- Voter Identification
Valid forms of identification will include photo IDs issued by the state, the federal government or the military. The proposal also will require the state to pay for individuals to obtain a valid ID if they do not have one, or to obtain documents necessary for an ID. Additionally, the new law contains a provision that will allow a voter without a valid photo ID to vote with a regular ballot by showing another form of identification.
It is an honor to serve the 51st District in the Missouri House of Representatives. Each week I will issue a capitol report to keep you informed of activities in Jefferson City. Any concerns or issues you might have are of great interest to me. I look forward to your input and thoughts, so please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions, concerns, or ideas to improve our state government and the quality of life for all Missourians. My telephone number is 573-751-2204 or you may contact me by email at email@example.com. Thank you for working with me to make Missouri a great place to live.
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Rep. Dean Dohrman, a Republican, represents Johnson, Pettis, and Saline counties (District 51). He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012. In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Dohrman is an online professor. Rep. Dohrman is a member of Warrensburg and Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce, and Sedalia Lions Club. He attends Wesley United Methodist Church. A graduate of LaMonte High, Rep. Dohrman earned his PhD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004. Born in Warrensburg, Rep. Dohrman currently lives in LaMonte.