Missouri Republicans push to make constitutional changes harder

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.

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