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Higher bar for Missouri ballot measures OK'd by state House

It would be harder for citizens to amend Missouri's Constitution under a proposal gaining traction in the state Legislature.

The Missouri House on Thursday voted 98-53 in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment. Currently, voters can amend the Constitution with a simple majority vote. Under the pending measure, it would take a two-thirds vote.

The proposal also would require petition gatherers to collect more signatures and to get signatures from every Missouri congressional district in order to put a proposal to a public vote in the first place.

If passed by the state Senate, the measure to raise the bar for changing the Constitution would go before voters.

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