Missouri Voter Registration Deadline is Oct. 10
The November election is almost upon us! If you know someone who hasn’t registered yet, they must do so by Oct. 10, next Wednesday. Anyone unsure of their voter registration status can check online at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup
Individuals who are not registered to vote must meet the following criteria in order to register:
· 17 1⁄2 years of age to register, 18 years of age to vote
· US Citizen
· Missouri Resident
Potential voters cannot be:
· Incarcerated, on parole, or probation due to a felony conviction.
· Convicted of a felony related to voting or elections.
In order to register to vote, Missourians must submit a completed voter registration application to their local election authority.
This can be done in person at the following locations:
· The office of their local election authority
· At a drivers licensing office while applying for or renewing a driver's license
· At a designated state agency while the applicant is obtaining services from the agency. Examples of state agencies providing registration applications to their clients include Division of Family Services, Military Recruitment, or WIC.
· A library
When registering in person, applicants are required to present a form of personal identification. A voter can also register to vote by mail by completing a post card voter registration application. Missourians can request a voter registration application from the local election authority or from the Missouri Secretary of State website at the following link: https://s1.sos.mo.gov/votemissouri/request
Missourians with any questions about the voter registration process are encouraged to call the Elections Division at 1 (800) Now Vote (669-8683).
Disability Council Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards
The Governor’s Council on Disability (GCD) is working to recognize outstanding Missourians with disabilities, as well as individuals and businesses who work with them to promote full participation and inclusion. The GCD is currently accepting nominations for its 2018 annual awards, including the Inclusion Award, the Youth Leadership Award, and the Website/IT Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Jan. 31, 2019.
The Inclusion Award is presented annually to recognize and honor a Missouri resident, organization, business or state/local government division that illustrates excellence in leadership for the “best of the best inclusion practices.” Innovative universal design and assistive technology concepts that incorporate people with disabilities may also be submitted. The nomination form and criteria are available at the following link: https://disability.mo.gov/gcd/inclwin.htm
The Youth Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding Missouri youth (age 16-26) with a disability that has demonstrated exemplary leadership by making a difference in their community. Youth with disabilities can be nominated at the following link: https://disability.mo.gov/gcd/youthleadershipaward.htm
The Website/IT Award recognizes and honors a Missouri non-profit organization, business or local government that provides the most outstanding and accessible website. The nomination form and criteria are available online here: https://disability.mo.gov/gcd/websiteaward.htm
Nominations may be submitted online, or via:
· Fax (573-526-4109),
· Email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or
· Mail (Governor’s Council on Disability, PO Box 1668, Jefferson City, MO 65102)
The award presentations will be made at the Power Up conference held in April of 2019 in Columbia. For more information or questions, contact the Governor’s Council on Disability at 573-751-2600.
Missourians Invited to Inaugural Parson Family Fall Festival at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion
Governor Mike Parson announced recently that the first annual Parson Family Fall Festival will be held at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion this Saturday, Oct. 6. The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature vendors, activities for kids, and a bluegrass band for musical entertainment.
Over a dozen vendors will be on the Mansion South Lawn and driveway. There will also be a train for children to ride. Fall treats like caramel apples, fresh apple cider, and kettle corn will be provided. Activities will include a photo booth, pumpkin painting, straw maze, face paintings, and much more. Mansion tours will be made available and popular local performers will provide bluegrass music for everyone to enjoy.
“With fall upon us, there is no better time to have our Family Fall Festival, and we are incredibly honored to host this year’s festivities at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion,” said Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson in a joint statement. “We are looking forward to seeing everyone come out, participate in all of the activities, welcome in the fall season, and best of all – have fun!”
The event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For further questions about this event, contact the Missouri Governor’s Mansion at 573-751-4141.
Statewide Ballot Measures
On Nov. 6, the citizens of Missouri will have several legislative/constitutional issues to decide. Of the current six measures (the Western Appeals Court restored the so-called Clean Missouri language to the ballot), five are initiatives (placed by citizen signatures) and one referendum (placed by the General Assembly).
As Election Day approaches, I will recap the several statewide ballot measures approved to appear on the ballot this November. This week, I will cover Proposition C.
Proposition C Official Ballot Title:
Do you want to amend Missouri law to:
· remove state prohibitions on personal use and possession of medical cannabis (marijuana) with a written certification by a physician who treats a patient diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition;
· remove state prohibitions on growth, possession, production, and sale of medical marijuana by licensed and regulated facilities, and a facility's licensed owners and employees;
· impose a 2% tax on the retail sale of medical marijuana; and
· use funds from this tax for veterans' services, drug treatment, early childhood education, and for public safety in cities with a medical marijuana facility?
State government entities estimate initial and one-time costs of $2.6 million, annual costs of $10 million, and annual revenues of at least $10 million. Local government entities estimate no annual costs and are expected to have at least $152,000 in annual revenues.
This amendment does not change federal law, which makes marijuana possession, sale and cultivation a federal offense. This amendment creates regulations and licensing procedures for medical marijuana and medical marijuana facilities — dispensary, cultivation and production, and testing facilities. This amendment creates licensing fees for such facilities. This amendment will impose a 2 percent tax on the retail sale of marijuana for medical purposes by dispensary facilities. The funds from the license fees will go to the Division of Liquor Control to administer the program to license/certify and regulate marijuana and marijuana facilities. The funds from the tax will be used for veterans' services, drug treatment, early childhood education, and for public safety in cities with a medical marijuana facility.
A “yes” vote will amend Missouri statutes to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes under state laws.
A “no” vote will not amend Missouri statutes as to the use of marijuana.
If passed, this measure will impose a 2% retail sales tax on marijuana for medical purposes.
NOTE: There are three marijuana initiatives on the ballot. For a summary of all three, please see:
PERSONAL NOTE: I am not voting for any of these marijuana initiatives; however, if you are inclined to a yes, I would highly advise Proposition C which is a law versus a constitutional provision. Prop C will be much easier to amend to changing circumstances in the future. Constitutional changes always require a vote of the people and are more difficult to maintain as a current legal provision.
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.