May 11, 2020

Weekly Update May 11, 2020

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you had a good day and enjoyed the sunshine.
I spent a bulk of my day yesterday preparing for debate on SJR 38, which puts gerrymandering in the Missouri Constitution. In 2018, Missouri voters supported Clean Missouri by 62% statewide (72% in the 91st District). One thing this provision did was to appoint a state demographer to draw district lines in the annual redistricting process. SJR 38 not only does away with this provision of Clean Missouri, but it also apportions districts based on citizenship, which I believe violates the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution.
If SJR 38 passes, you will have a chance to vote on it on the November ballot.
The main thing the Legislature did last week was the budget. We passed the budget for Fiscal Year 2021. Statewide revenues are down significantly from this time last year, and we do not know what the coming months will bring, so we will probably be called back into session over the summer to change what we passed.