How was it amended?
There were a few amendments to the legislation that have changed it slightly since the last time I wrote to you about it. Significant changes include the following:
· It will require state legislative office vacancies to be filled democratically within 6 months of the departure of the former legislator.
· It will move Missouri’s Presidential Primary date to March, which will allow this vote to be considered in the primary process. If you recall, Governor Nixon had formerly vetoed legislation that would have made our last statewide vote actually count in the presidential primary. The state wasted $7 million on a vote some in the media referred to as a “beauty contest” as a result of Nixon’s actions.
The bill has received the votes it needs to move to the Senate for further consideration. In the Senate, it will be considered in a committee and then move to the Senate floor for full debate. If the Senate makes changes to the version we have passed, the House will reconsider the legislation before finally sending it to the Governor for his signature or veto.