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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Sen. Dan Brown: Make Your Choice on August 5

  • The primary election on Aug. 5 has a number of ballot measures that need your consideration and attention. Here is a rundown of these issues so that you may make an informed decision:
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  • The primary election on Aug. 5 has a number of ballot measures that need your consideration and attention. Here is a rundown of these issues so that you may make an informed decision:
    Constitutional Amendment 1 is a measure pertaining to agriculture and farming. According to the ballot language, a “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution guaranteeing the rights of Missourians to engage in farming and ranching practices, as long as it complies with local government under Article VI of the Missouri Constitution.
    “no” vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding farming and ranching, and will leave present law intact.
    This measure will not affect taxes in any way.
    Constitutional Amendment 5 pertains to guns and ammunition. A “yes” vote strengthens the right to keep and bear arms by ensuring the state government should uphold that right under the constitution.
    A “no” vote leaves the current gun laws as they are.
    This measure will also have no impact on taxes. 
    Constitutional Amendment 7 is a transportation funding measure. A “yes” vote would enact a three-quarters of 1 percent sales tax to be used to repair unsafe roads and bridges, as well as to implement other needed state and local highway projects. This tax would last for 10 years and would need to be voted upon every 10 years. Estimated funding is $480 million to the state’s Transportation Safety and Job Creation Fund and $54 million for local governments.
    A “no” vote would not amend the constitution and would not increase funding for transportation upgrades.
    If passed, the measure would increase state sales/usage taxes.
    Constitutional Amendment 8 pertains to funding for veterans. A “yes” vote would amend the constitution to create a “Veterans Lottery Ticket,” from which proceeds would go toward funding projects and services for veterans.
    A “no” vote would prevent the “Veterans Lottery Ticket.”
    This measure would have no impact on taxes if passed.
    Constitutional Amendment 9 pertains to personal privacy. A “yes” vote would specify that electronic communications and data should have the same level of protection from unreasonable search and seizure as other personal effects in the home. A “no” vote will result in no change in the current law.
    This measure, if passed, will have no impact on taxes.
    Page 2 of 2 - Always feel free to contact me throughout the year with any comments, questions, or issues by calling my office at (573) 751-5713 or by visiting my website at www.senate.mo.gov/brown.
    Thank you for reading this and for your participation in state government.

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