"Thank you for allowing me to serve you in the Mo. House of Representatives. I look forward to continuing to serve you in the new 97th District " John McCaherty
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Overview of August Ballot Measures
At the beginning of August we will head to the voting booth to decide on a number of proposals that would make substantive changes to the Missouri Constitution. Changing the constitution is no small matter and for that reason I think it’s important that we all be as educated as possible before voting on these measures. Below is a brief overview of each proposed constitutional change. I hope you will find these helpful as you look ahead to the
Amendment 1 - Right to Farm
Amendment 1 will give Missouri voters the opportunity to enact a constitutional amendment affirming the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices. Known as the “Right to Farm” bill, it would, upon voter approval, “ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed." The amendment would prevent changes made to state law that infringe on the rights of farmers.
Amendment 5 - Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Amendment 5 is a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would reinforce the right of Missouri citizens to keep and bear arms, ammunition and accessories in defense of their family, in addition to the current rights to protect a person’s home, property or themselves. The amendment would also make these rights inalienable, and obligate Missouri to uphold these liberties and under no circumstance decline to protect against their infringement.
Amendment 7 - Transportation Sales Tax
Amendment 7 will give voters the opportunity to decide whether to pay more in sales tax in order to provide additional funding for Missouri’s roads and highways. The proposed constitutional amendment would raise the state sales tax by three quarters of a cent to generate approximately $534 million annually for maintenance and construction projects for the state’s transportation infrastructure. If approved by voters, the sales tax increase would take place in 2015 and be in effect for a period of 10 years.
Amendment 8 - Veterans Lottery Ticket
Amendment 8 will give voters the opportunity to support the creation of a new lottery ticket to raise funds for veterans’ programs. If approved by voters, the Missouri Lottery would create a new ticket with proceeds from sales of the ticket to be deposited into the Veterans Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund, which is used to fund construction and maintenance for veterans’ homes and cemeteries in the state.
Amendment 9 is a proposed constitutional amendment designed to protect Missourians’ electronic information from unwarranted seizure. If approved by voters, the state constitution would protect email, cell phone data and other electronic information in the same way it currently protects the papers, homes and effects of individuals from search or seizure without a warrant or probable cause.
Residents Encouraged to Attend Get-Togethers to Discuss Issues of Importance
Now that our successful legislative session has concluded, it is time to get your feedback and input on the changes we made to our laws this year, as well as changes we may need to consider in future sessions. In an effort to provide an open line of communication with all residents of the district to discuss these issues, I will hold a series of get-togethers in Fenton and Arnold beginning in June and running through December. These get-togethers will give you and your neighbors the opportunity to sit down with me and have meaningful conversations about where we’re headed as a state and where we need to go in the future. These are the types of interactions that are extremely valuable to me as I do my best to represent your interests in the halls of state government. I hope everyone who wants their voices to be heard on the issues they care about will make plans to attend.
The schedule for the get-togethers is as follows:
Fenton St. Louis Bread Company
453 Old Smizer Mill Rd.
Fenton, MO 63026
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Arnold St. Louis Bread Company
909 Arnold Commons Drive (Hwy 141)
Arnold, MO 63010
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This Capitol Report is a weekly column by Representative John C. McCaherty, from the 97th District, covering events in the Missouri Legislature and district wide issues.
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