Three Republicans in the Missouri House are proposing measures that would make it more difficult to change the state’s constitution.
Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, has proposed increasing the percentage of signatures required to put initiative petitions on the state ballot. Currently, 8 percent of voters in six of the state’s eight congressional districts must approve a measure. Fitzpatrick wants to bump that number to 15 percent.
Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, has suggested increasing the percentage required for approval of a measure once it’s on the ballot. Currently, a simple majority is required. Haahr has proposed increasing the percentage required for passage to 60 percent.