March 18, 2023
Initiative Petition Reform in Missouri – Rally to Pass the SAFE ACT to Stop the Medical Transitioning of Children
Grassroots activists are working on two big issues in Missouri this coming week. The Missouri State Senate is considering a resolution to reform the Initiative Petition process – SJR 28; and the Republican-controlled Senate will hopefully vote to break a filibuster and pass the SAFE ACT – SB 49to stop the medical transitioning of our kids.
Please check out the action items here and share with your Missouri friends. While these bills are specific to Missouri, these same issues are being proposed in other state legislatures.
If the Missouri legislature doesn’t pass an initiative petition reform proposal this session (making it harder for outside special interests to amend the state constitution) Missouri may well see abortion rights, gun control, and other progressive laws added to the Missouri State Constitution via future statewide ballot proposals.
Missouri has one of the lowest thresholds of any state to amend their state constitution by initiative petition: only a simple majority vote statewide. Because of the large number of votes coming out of Missouri’s two largest urban areas, St. Louis and Kansas City, the outlying areas of the state don’t have a voice.
Without passing initiative petition reform, Leftist groups are likely to succeed in adding legalized abortion to the Missouri constitution, and possibly restricting the rights of gun owners via simple majority statewide votes.
Proponents of ranked choice voting are also rumored to be opposing passage of effective initiative petition reform.
Not surprisingly, DTR PAC has heard that Democrat organizations oppose initiative petition reform because they want to pass a ranked choice voting proposition on the statewide ballot. DTR PAC has identified ranked choice voting (RCV) as a threat to free and fair elections because RCV is confusing, elects middle-of-the-road moderates — not leaders, and RCV requires machine counting, not hand-counting, of ballots.
Grassroots Activists are supporting SJR 28, which establishes Concurrent Majority Ratification (CMR) for initiative petition reform.
SJR 28 would require that two conditions be met before a proposed amendment is ratified or adopted:
- A majority of voters, statewide would have to vote “yes,” AND ALSO
- A majority of voters in each of more than half the 163 state House districts (82) would have to vote “yes.”
This concurrent majority concept is consistent with a foundational principle of governance in America: requiring more than a simple majority for major changes, for example, America’s divided branches of government, or the multi-step ratification process for U.S. Constitution.
As soon as next week, the Missouri Senate may vote on one of two initiative petition reform proposals: SJR28, concurrent majority ratification, or an alternate approach, approach–HJR43, which calls for 60% voter approval statewide for passage and does not use concurrent majority ratification.
ACTION ITEM – Missouri residents: call your state senator and your state representative and ask them to support SJR 28 as is (with concurrent majority ratification), or to pass HJR 43 after amending its language to mirror SJR 28.
Tell your legislators you want concurrent majority ratification based on state house legislative districts, not Congressional districts, to ensure widespread support throughout all parts of the state.
Please call and leave a message on their office voicemail. Then send your legislators emails which will be waiting for them when they return to session on Monday, March 20th.
You can look up both your state senator and state representative at this link:
Rally to ask the Missouri Senate to pass the SAFE ACT to Stop the Medical Transitioning of Our Kids.
HB49 (The SAFE Act) would prevent puberty-blockers and life-altering surgeries to be performed on children under 18. Once puberty-blockers are given, there is no going back.
Grassroots groups across the State are working together to support passage of HB49 during this session. The Missouri legislature will return to session on March 20, when they are slated to take up this legislation once again.
Join the rally on Monday, March 20th at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. Events will start at 11:30 and continue throughout the day.
11:30 to 12:30 Prayer & Praise in the rotunda.
12:30 to 2:00 Lunch will be on your own, in the Capitol cafeteria or within walking distance.
2:00 to 4:00 Missouri Kids FIRST Rally in the rotunda with speakers and Missouri Senators who are standing firm for our kids’ sake.
After 4:00 Visiting offices and watching in the Senate Gallery as the Senate convenes.
Plan to stay and watch as the Senate convenes. Let’s see what happens!
“Unless the ban on hormones is included, the ban on surgeries is useless (since the introduction of hormones often is done prior to puberty). And, the long-term effects of hormones (puberty blockers, testosterone and estrogen) have not yet been determined. In the short-term, though, sufficient evidence has been gathered to understand that these experiments are not in the best interests of apparently healthy, growing children.”
Tell the senators any amendment to gut the SAFE Act by stripping the bill back to only banning transgender surgeries is not acceptable.
An amendment proposing a ban on gender-affirming surgeries for transgender minors that would have removed provisions related to cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers was uploaded to the Senate website Tuesday during the first day of the filibuster.
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