The Clean Missouri campaign released the following statement following the House’s passage of the deceptive and flawed Dirty Missouri constitutional amendment proposal.
“An overwhelming bipartisan majority of voters delivered a mandate for fair maps and fair redistricting in the last election. Before the polls even closed in 2018, some politicians and lobbyists were scheming to overturn the will of these voters — and to replace voter-approved reforms with some of the most extreme map-rigging policies in the country.
“The politicians pushing the deceptive Dirty Missouri amendment have ignored their constituents’ mandate for fair maps. They’ve ignored the growing bipartisan opposition to their radical plan. They’ve ignored public statements from one of their own leaders that their amendment has ‘errors.’ And they’ve ignored the ongoing public health and jobs crisis as they chose to focus instead on their outrageous politician-protection plan.
“If this amendment survives legal challenges and appears on the ballot later this year, voters will once against deliver a clear mandate for fair maps — by rejecting the politicians’ gerrymandering scheme.”
Just three days ago, the Rules – Legislative Oversight Committee Chairman said, “there are errors or corrections that need to be made” in the resolution. Yet the House today forced through the proposed constitutional amendment without making a single change from the Senate-passed package. Jefferson City politicians are asking voters to approve what they know is a flawed and unpopular proposal.
The Dirty Missouri amendment was opposed by a bipartisan coalition in both the Senate and House.
The politicians’ Dirty Missouri map-rigging plan, SJR38, seeks to:
- Gut or undermine all of the fair map reforms overwhelmingly supported by Missouri voters in the last election;
- Take away Missourians’ constitutional rights to fair legislative maps;
- Protect incumbent legislators in safe districts, so voters can’t hold them accountable;
- Give state political parties new powers to appoint map makers;
- Explicitly allow political operatives and lobbyists to draw some of the most polarizing district lines in America;
- Limit Missourians’ ability to have their day in court if maps are rigged or unfairly target a community or group; and
- Limit what judges can do if legislative districts break state law requirements.