HCS HB 1275 -- LOCAL BALLOT PROPOSALS
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Ways and
Means by a vote of 7 to 4.
This substitute specifies that a proposal by any political
subdivision to enact a tax or issue a bond for any purpose that
is submitted to and rejected by the voters may be resubmitted at
any time in the immediately following four years but the proposal
will not become effective unless it is approved by at least 60%
of the qualified persons voting on the proposal. If the proposal
is resubmitted after the four-year period, the proposal must
become effective if a majority of the qualified voters are in
favor of the proposal. These provisions will not apply to any
proposal to enact any tax or to issue any bond for which the
subdivision has a budget need because of an Environmental
Protection Agency federal mandate or a Governor-proclaimed
disaster or emergency.
FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds in FY 2013, FY 2014, and
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill protects taxpayers from
the resubmission of a ballot issue multiple times by increasing
the percentage necessary for passage. The bill prevents local
entities from trying to wear the taxpayers down until they
finally vote yes. While the bill may make it harder to pass a
local ballot issue, the local government needs to respect the
vote of the people. There have been local ballot issues
resubmitted up to nine times until passed.
Testifying for the bill was Representative Koenig.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
OTHERS: Others testifying on the bill are concerned with an
upcoming federal mandate to improve a sewer system which may need
to be before the voters more than once in order to clarify what
Testifying on the bill was Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.