Among the CARES Act money sent to Missouri, the General Assembly approved $50 million for broadband improvement around the state. This past week, Governor Parson released the second round of this money totaling nearly $850,000. The awards include Holden in Johnson County, but the bulk of this round is dedicated to central Missouri. Previously, the governor distributed $3 million for various broadband upgrade projects.
Questions Concerning Amendment 3
I have had several questions concerning the upcoming ballot measure, Amendment 3. I voted to put this on the ballot and will be voting for it on November 3. I think the information included below best sums up my position and why I think the included measures are important.
. . . Missouri Farm Bureau strongly supports protecting real representation, banning lobbyist gifts, and reducing campaign contribution limits.
What Amendment 3 Does
• Bans gifts from paid lobbyists to legislators and their employees; • Reduces legislative campaign contribution limits;
• Reforms redistricting process to keep communities together.
• Districts will be drawn to meet these criteria, in order:
1. Equal population
2. Compliance with federal law, including the Voting Rights Act
3. Contiguous and compact boundaries
4. Preserving communities, with priority to keeping whole counties intact 5. Partisan fairness and competitiveness
Background and Analysis
In 2018, out-of-state political activists came up with a deceitful plan to change our state constitution. Since they kept losing elections at the ballot box, they decided to gerrymander districts to put their thumb on the scales. These activists loaded up a proposal with ethics reforms to make it attractive, but their real goal was to sneak in a radical redistricting plan. Missouri voters caught on to these activists. We don’t want districts drawn to benefit either political party; we want districts that let our voices be heard.
With Amendment 3, Missourians can guarantee that communities come before politics. Amendment 3 would let rural areas be represented by rural voices. Cities and suburbs would also have their own representatives. Politics should happen at the ballot box, not in the map room.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for working with me to make Missouri a great place to live.