Missouri Constitutional Amendments on Ballot November 4, 2014

West County Democrats

Resolutions on November 4 ballot issues –

to be voted on in the WCD general meeting Oct. 13.

(See Appendix for the ballot language.)

WCD Resolution on Proposed Constitutional

Amendment 2 – Nov. 4 ballot

Whereas: Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2 would allow evidence of

prior criminal acts, whether charged or uncharged, to be admissible in

certain crimes, and

Whereas: The introduction of such prior acts is intended to support the

victim’s testimony or show that the person charged is more likely to

have committed the crime, and

Whereas: The introduction of such evidence is likely to have the effect of

biasing the jury, and

Whereas: It is well-documented that victim eye-witness testimony is

unreliable, and

Whereas: It is also well-documented that when a person is wrongfully

convicted of a crime of a sexual nature, the damage suffered by that

person is considerable, and

Whereas: Convicting an innocent person allows the actual perpetrator of

the crime to remain at large and free to commit additional crimes,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The membership of the West County Democrats

opposes the adoption of Amendment 2 and urges

all Missouri voters to vote against this

amendment.

WCD Resolution on Constitutional

Amendment 3 – Nov. 4 ballot

Whereas: Research supports the importance of teachers and school

leaders as the principal components of student success in the K-12

educational system, and

Whereas: Student scores on standardized tests depend entirely on

student retention and understanding of the content of the tests, and also

depends on students’ willingness to answer standardized test questions,

and

Whereas: It is in the interest of the citizens of Missouri and their schoolage

children to recruit, hire, and retain the best new teachers for

Missouri’s public schools, and

Whereas: Continuing contracts (a/k/a “tenure”) for teachers is a principal

means of recruiting and retaining teachers who are deemed effective

during their three- to five-year probationary employment period, and

Whereas: The proposed amendment requires school districts to evaluate

teachers primarily on the basis of “quantifiable student performance data”

rather than the professional judgment of other teachers and

administrators, and

Whereas: The right to make teacher evaluation systems negotiable is

denied in the collective bargaining process, and

Whereas: The right of due process is severely and unconstitutionally

curtailed in “retaining, promoting, demoting, dismissing, removing,

discharging and setting compensation for certified staff,”

Be it therefore resolved that:

The West County Democrat Club opposes the

amendments to Article IX and urges voters to vote

“No” on Ballot Measure No. 3 in the November 4

general elections.

WCD Resolution on Proposed Constitutional

Amendment 6 – Nov. 4 ballot

Whereas: Proposed Constitutional Amendment 6 allows early voting for a

time period substantially more limiting than that proposed by an initiative

petition campaign, and

Whereas: This proposed Amendment permits early voting only in years

when the General Assembly provides funding, and

Whereas: This proposed Amendment does not guarantee that early

voting will actually be implemented on a regular and consistent basis, but

is dependent on the General Assembly for funding, and

Whereas: It is within the purview of the General Assembly to adopt laws

regarding early voting without recourse to a constitutional amendment,

and

Whereas: It is therefore unnecessary and inappropriate to amend the

state constitution in this manner,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The membership of the West County Democrats

opposes the adoption of Amendment 6 and urges

all Missouri voters to vote against this amendment.

WCD Resolution on Constitutional

Amendment 10 – Nov. 4 ballot

Whereas: The Governor already has the responsibility for proposing and

implementing a budget for the State, and

Whereas: The Legislature already has the responsibility for adjusting and

approving the budget for the State, including its revenue projections, and

Whereas: The Governor must often adjust specific budget items in

reasonable and prudent response to changing financial and programmatic

conditions, and

Whereas: Constitutional amendments should be reserved for public

policies of general importance, and not be used for operational disputes

between branches of the government, and

Whereas: This amendment, if passed into law, unduly restricts the

Governor’s rightful and reasonable prerogatives and responsibilities,

Be it therefore resolved that:

The West County Democrat Club opposes the

movement of House Joint Resolution No. 72 into

the Missouri State Constitution, and urges voters

to vote “No” on Constitutional Amendment 10.

APPENDIX

The following ballot measures have been certified for

the November 4, 2014 general election. (Source:

http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2014ballot/)

Constitutional Amendment 2

[Proposed by the 97th General Assembly (First Regular Session)

HJR 16]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that it will be permissible to allow

relevant evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in prosecutions for

crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under eighteen years of age?

If more resources are needed to defend increased prosecutions additional costs

to governmental entities could be at least $1.4 million annually, otherwise the

fiscal impact is expected to be limited.

Fair Ballot Language:

A

“yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to allow evidence of prior

criminal acts, whether charged or uncharged, to be considered by courts in

prosecutions of sexual crimes that involve a victim under eighteen years of

age. The amendment limits the use of such prior acts to support the victim’s

testimony or show that the person charged is more likely to commit the

crime. Further, the judge may exclude such prior acts if the value of considering

them is substantially outweighed by the possibility of unfair prejudice to the

person charged with committing the crime. A

“no” vote will not amend the

Missouri Constitution regarding the use of evidence of prior criminal acts to

prosecute sexual crimes.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

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Constitutional Amendment 3

[Proposed by Initiative Petition]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

require teachers to be evaluated by a standards based performance evaluation

system for which each local school district must receive state approval to

continue receiving state and local funding;

require teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid

primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part of the

evaluation system;

require teachers to enter into contracts of three years or fewer with public

school districts; and

prohibit teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining regarding the

design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system?

Decisions by school districts regarding provisions allowed or required by this

proposal and their implementation will influence the potential costs or savings

impacting each district. Significant potential costs may be incurred by the state

and/or the districts if new/additional evaluation instruments must be developed to

satisfy the proposal’s performance evaluation requirements.

Fair Ballot Language:

A

“yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to require teachers to be

evaluated by a standards based performance evaluation system. Each system

must receive state approval in order for the local school district to continue

receiving state and local funding. Teachers will be dismissed, retained, demoted,

promoted and paid primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part

of the evaluation system. The amendment further requires teachers to enter into

contracts of three years or fewer with public school districts, with exceptions. The

amendment also prohibits teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining

regarding the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system.

A

“no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding teacher contracts

and performance evaluation systems.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

3

Constitutional Amendment 6

[Proposed by the 97th General Assembly (Second Regular Session)

SS SCS HCS HJR 90]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to permit voting in person or by mail

for a period of six business days prior to and including the Wednesday before the

election day in general elections, but only if the legislature and the governor

appropriate and disburse funds to pay for the increased costs of such voting?

State governmental entities estimated startup costs of about $2 million and costs

to reimburse local election authorities of at least $100,000 per election. Local

election authorities estimated higher reimbursable costs per election. Those

costs will depend on the compensation, staffing, and, planning decisions of

election authorities with the total costs being unknown.

Fair Ballot Language:

A

“yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to permit voters, in years when

the legislature provides funding, an early voting period of six business days prior

to and including the Wednesday before election day to cast a ballot in all general

elections. This amendment does not allow early voting on Saturday or Sunday.

A

“no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to provide all voters with a

six-business day early voting period.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

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Constitutional Amendment 10

[Proposed by the 97th General Assembly (Second Regular

Session) HJR 72]

Official Ballot Title:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to require the governor to pay the

public debt, to prohibit the governor from relying on revenue from legislation not

yet passed when proposing a budget, and to provide a legislative check on the

governor’s decisions to restrict funding for education and other state services?

State governmental entities expect no direct costs or savings. Local

governmental entities expect an unknown fiscal impact.

Fair Ballot Language:

A

“yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution regarding the requirements

placed on the governor for proposing a state budget and for withholding money

appropriated in the budget passed by the legislature. This amendment prohibits

the governor from reducing funding passed by the general assembly without

receiving legislative consent, and provides certain other restrictions on the

governor’s ability to increase or decrease line items in the budget. This

amendment further prohibits the governor from proposing a budget that relies on

revenue from legislation that has not yet passed in the general assembly.

A

“no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding the requirements

placed on the governor for proposing a state budget and for withholding money

appropriated in the budget passed by the legislature.

If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

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West County Dems Guest in May is Glenn Koenen from MO Association for Social Welfare

West County Democrats Monthly Meeting

United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 655

300 Weidman Road, Ballwin, MO 63011

Monday, May 12, 2014

9:30 AM –11:30 AM (coffee and socializing, 9:00 –9:30 AM)

 

 

Speaker:  Glenn Koenen, Missouri Association for Social Welfare, Chair of the Hunger Task Force

 

Topic: “Missouri 2015″

Glenn Koenen has spent most of his career working for non-profit organizations.  He was executive director of Circle Of Concern –a community charity with a food pantry based in Valley Park.  Glenn was a founding board member and later president of the St. Louis Metro Food Pantry Association where he has tracked food stamp and other benefit programs for better than two decades.  After running (unsuccessfully) for Congress from Missouri’s Second Congressional District in November 2012, Glenn joined the Board of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare and became MASW’s Hunger Task Force Chair.  Please come give Mr. Glenn Koenen a warm welcome to our West County Democrats meeting!

 

Let’s Turn Their DOR/CCW Privacy Meeting into an Expand Medicaid Rally

Missouri has the chance to expand Medicaid to cover 260,000 working people.

However, Monday night the Missouri State Senate voted against putting Medicaid Expansion in the budget.

The key committee in the Senate to get Medicaid going again is the Appropriations Committee. Thankfully, they are kind enough to be traveling to O’Fallon this Saturday, to talk about driver’s licenses and gun ownership. We need to take this opportunity to have a different conversation with them, one about saving lives, creating jobs and passing Medicaid Expansion.

JOIN US!!

Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 9:15 AM
Christian High School Commons Area,
1145 Tom Ginnever Ave., O’Fallon, MO 63366

All you have to do is meet us at the school at 9:15 and we’ll have everything you need.mmc_logo1

You will find out what this public forum is all about here at the MO NRA website http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2013/4/missouri-right-to-carry-permit-privacy-update.aspx

But we’re tired of them diverting attention away from what’s really important for working Missourians who can afford insurance and is the best bet we have for increasing jobs in MO

So, Rep. Chrissy Sommer has been contacting St. Charles County Democrats Facebook page, asking us to respond to her District 106 Survey. She’s also asking us to show up at the Public Forum on Saturday.  We’re going to be there, but not because we’re afraid of the DOR, because we need to tell them at expanding Medicaid is good for Missourians, good for jobs and the right thing to do.

Senator Schaefer will be sponsoring a Public Forum on April 27th from 10 to 11am at Christian High School – common area (1145 Tom Ginnever) regarding the DOR/CCW issue.   Please attend to be a apart of the discussion.

New for February for St. Charles County Democrats

ALEC Exposed

Join us at the Spencer Road Library on Feb 20th at 7pm to view the movie that tells it all. 

ALEC EXPOSED – a worrisome marriage of corporations and politicians, which seems to normalize a kind of corruption of the legislative process — of the democratic process–in a nation of free people where the government is supposed to be of, by, and for the people, not the corporations.  At an extravagant hotel gilded just before the Great Depression, corporate executives from Koch Industries, the tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds, State Farm Insurance, and other corporations were joined by their “task force” co-chairs — all Republican state legislators — to approve “model” legislation. They jointly head task forces of what is called the “American Legislative Exchange Council” (ALEC).

Further demonstrating the involvement of extreme corporate front groups, the so-called “right to work” legislation introduced by MO Rep. Eric Burlison and co-sponsored by MO Speaker Tim Jones comes directly from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a Progress Missouri analysis has shown.

If we don’t have an informed electorate we don’t have a democracy. So I don’t care how people get the information, as long as they get it.  Jim Lehrer

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SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR DEMOCRATS IN 2013

The movie event is free, but please consider making a give of financial support to the St. Charles County Democratic Central Committee.  Your donation can be mailed to 2813 Droste Road, St. Charles 63301 or you can donate at our secure server online at www.stcdems.org

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR

  • Feb 15—Legislative Luncheon www.masw.org
  • Feb 20—ALEC Exposed movie presentation SCC Central Committee
  • Feb 23/24—CPR Event www.checkcallcompress.com
  • March 1 and 2—Missouri Demo Days, Hannibal MO  https://www.facebook.com/MissouriDemocratDaysInc
  • March 7—SCC Demo Central Committee meeting
  • April 19—1st Annual Demo Quarter Auction in support of MO Children’s Burn Camp
  • One of the hottest topics in Missouri right now is the Expansion of Medicaid. Please take the time to visit the Missouri Health Alliance website to read about the efforts of the Missouri Medicaid Expansion Coalition.

 

For a Stronger St. Charles County…

…here’s a suggestion: buy locally to strengthen the economy — and eat fresh, unprocessed food to strengthen YOU.

St. Charles County is home to many farmers’ markets that offer beautiful, seasonal fruits and vegetables that come from right here in Missouri; not from Brazil, not from Mexico, but from farms within driving distance of where the produce is sold.

The more we buy these gems of nature, the more the farmers who sell them can afford to grow. And the more we eat of these delicious, nutrient-dense foods, the healthier we become.

But wait; there’s more! Trimming the distance our produce has to travel from field to table trims gasoline consumption, carbon emissions, and, of course, the price.

You may have noticed during a recent supermarket trip or dinner out that food prices are climbing steadily, and this upward trend is showing no signs of reversal. The long, hot summer of 2012 delivered a sucker punch to the processed-food industry by drying up the American corn crop. This industry depends on high fructose corn syrup for most of the products it puts on supermarket shelves and for the ethanol products it puts in gas station storage tanks.

Buying fresh, in-season, inexpensive produce at local farmers’ markets is the equivalent of getting a tax break without waiting for Washington to bestow one upon us.

So where can you find such miracles of economy and nutrition? Here are a few locations we can personally recommend:

VACCARO AND SONS PRODUCE
739 S. Duchesne Drive
Saint Charles, MO 63301
Easter thru Halloween
(636) 940-8505

FRENCHTOWN MARKET
1106 N 2nd St
Saint Charles, MO 63301
(636) 328-6849

HISTORIC MAIN STREET (ST. CHARLES) FARMERS’ MARKET
North End of Riverside Drive
Saturday Mornings
May 15 thru October 30
6:00 a.m. – Noon

KOENIGS FARM FRESH PRODUCE ORCHARDS & GREENHOUSES
268 Jungermann Road
Saint Peters, Missouri 63376
(636) 441-2186

ORLANDO’S PRODUCE
7875 Mexico Road
Saint Peters, Missouri · 63376
(636) 970-1282

CHEAPOS PRODUCE
Saint Peters, Missouri · 63303
Fruit & Vegetable Store
(314) 421-2008

Community Involvement

St. Charles County Democrats work hard to get people elected who share their values and who care about making our county, our state and our nation a good and free place to live for all. But volunteering in the election process is not the only way to create a better America.

We believe that we achieve those goals through helping out our neighbors right here in our own community, our own St. Charles County. Over the years we’ve participated in many fundraisers with other community groups, non-profits and charities. We’ve also promoted events with speakers to educate our members and the general populace on crucial issues facing our county and state.

Click here to see the Community Involvement Initiatives we participate in.

Here is a partial list of the events or groups that the St. Charles County Democrats have partnered with:   Interfaith Partnership, Youth in Need,  Habitat for Humanity, Saturday Jubilee (Operation Food Search),  Martin Luther King Service Day, Countywide Baby Shower, Our Lady’s Inn,  The International Institute, Operation Stream Clean, St. Charles County Homeless and Indigent Count. In 2006, we organized our own memorial service which honored the surviving families of the Iraq War casualties who were from the state of Missouri.

See the St. Charles Democrats in action.