Union Mayor Mike Livengood has publicly signed on to endorse Amendment 1.
Amendment 1 is a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution to address Missouri’s lobbying laws, campaign finance limits and legislative redistricting process. The amendment is being described as an ethics reform measure.
Voters will decide the fate of Amendment 1 in the Nov. 6 election.
The measure is being pushed by a bipartisan group called Clean Missouri.
The Clean Missouri group has been rolling out its list of endorsers in recent weeks. On Thursday, it added Livengood to its rolls.
Livengood is a lifelong Union resident and was the longtime owner of Livengood’s Transmission. He was first elected mayor of Union in 2007.
“I’m a conservative in favor of Amendment 1 because the General Assembly should have to follow the same transparency laws as other parts of government,” Livengood said in a release from Clean Missouri. “As a local elected official with over 20 years in office, I know that public service is about listening to the voters, not collecting giveaways from special interests and lobbyists. It’s time to clean up Missouri politics.”
Other public Amendment 1 supporters include Republicans U.S. Sen. John Danforth, State Sen. Rob Schaaf, former State Sen. Bob Johnson, former State Sen. Jim Lembke, and Rep. Nick Marshall.
If passed, Amendment 1 will eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts in the General Assembly. A $5 limit would be place on the value of lobbyist gifts.
The measure will require that legislative records be open to the public.
If passed, the amendment will lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates. Campaign contributions will be capped at $2,500 for state senators and $2,000 for state representatives.
Amendment 1 also will require politicians to wait two years after leaving office to become lobbyists.
The Amendment also calls for a fair redistricting process where neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census.