In support of Amendment 1 (CleanMo)

Judy Balluff

To the Editor:

I have read what seems to me to be misleading information about Amendment 1 recently. Here is some more information and perhaps a new point of view.

Amendment 1 will:

•eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts in the General Assembly;

•require that legislative records be open to the public;

•lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates;

•require politicians to wait two years if they want to become lobbyists;

•ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census,by adding criteria for fairness and competitiveness of the overall map, which will be reviewed by a citizen commission and keep compact and contiguous districts.

It is endorsed by Former Republican Senator John Danforth, by the League of Women voters, the Washington Missourian, the Kansas City Star, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Here is what Mr. Danforth has to say about this amendment: 

“Amendment 1 will ensure fair and competitive elections so elected officials cannot take their voters for granted and must earn their support, I’m proud to be part of a bipartisan group of reformers to ensure voters come first — and that Missourians’ voices will always be heard in our democracy. Amendment 1 will increase integrity, transparency, and accountability in state government.”

I will be voting yes on Amendment 1.