Should Lobbying be a Restricted Practice?

This, and other issues will be addressed on the November 6 ballot.

Patrick Kissel, Reporter

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Another ballot measure that will be on the ballot during the midterms November 6 is Amendment 1. Amendment 1 will amend the constitution of Missouri by overhauling campaign finance laws in Missouri, and also prevent state legislatures, and their senior staff from becoming lobbyists for a designated period of time.

This amendment would alter the way Missouri redraws legislative districts by making it so the process would be harder than it currently is to gerrymander in favor of one party or another.

They can get their money from a high end community and that could really change their outlook on what they are doing,” freshman Mason Lindsey said.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, the amendment would also increase the limit on the amount of funds a candidate for state senator can receive each cycle by $100. House candidates would be limited by $500.

“The amendment also reduces the limits on campaign contributions that candidates for state senator or state representative can accept from individuals or entities by $100 per election,” the website reads.

A five dollar limit would also be placed on the gifts a sitting politician can receive from paid lobbyists. Employees of sitting state politicians would also be restricted from receiving campaign donations.

“On a grand scale, it would level the playing field when it comes to point of entry for a campaign. If everyone would only be allowed to be given $200 at a time, I think that’s fair to do,” senior Hayden Thomas said.

Fundraising on state property by a sitting state politician would also be prohibited by this amendment to the state constitution. It would also increase the openness of state files under the Missouri Sunshine Law.

For the most part, voters have already made their mind up before the candidate has even said a word by voting for their chosen political party.  For the remainder of the votes, they will think for themselves and vote for the candidate’s stance and not how they are being advertised,” special education teacher Mike Golfo said.