‘Clean Missouri’ ballot initiative faces legal challenges

A ruling is expected “quickly” after Tuesday in the case over a proposed amendment to Missouri’s constitution that would shake up how legislative districts are drawn and institute new laws for political fundraising.

Republican-aligned attorneys have sued to block the so-called Clean Missouri initiative from appearing on the state’s November ballot.

They made their case Friday to Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green. Suggested judgements are due Tuesday, and Green said said he would review them “very quickly” after that.

The petition would amend the Missouri Constitution to:

  • Overhaul how state legislative districts are drawn
  • Tighten limits on campaign contributions state lawmakers can accept
  • Ban lobbyist gifts of more than $5
  • Require state lawmakers wait two years after leaving office before becoming paid lobbyists
  • Ban political fundraising by candidates or elected officials on state property
  • Make state lawmakers subject to Missouri’s open-records law

Two lawsuits were filed against the initiative. The law firm of Missouri Republican Party chairman Todd Graves filed one. The other was filed on behalf of Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Dan Mehan.

Both cases argue that the proposed amendment encompasses more than one subject and would require amending multiple sections of the state’s constitution.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, Southeast Missourian

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