Amendment 5 to decide the future of the Missouri National Guard

Amendment 5 to decide the future of the Missouri National Guard
Amendment 5 to decide the future of the Missouri National Guard

JEFFERSON CITY — Since 1974, the Missouri National Guard reports to the state Department of Public Safety. But this upcoming midterm election, Missouri voters will decide whether that stays the same.

Amendment 5 will ask Missourians to vote to change the Missouri constitution to allow the Guard to establish its own department.

Under the Missouri constitution, governors are entitled to 15 departments. So to add a 16th department, Missouri officials would have to seek this constitutional amendment.

That’s exactly what Rep. Adam Schnelting (R-St. Peters) proposed as a joint resolution in January.

Both the House and Senate pushed the amendment forward with bipartisan support: it passed in the House 126-2 in April and in the Senate 32-0 in May.

But recently, Missouri Democrats raised opposition to the amendment, posting a statement on their Facebook page.

In the post, they call the amendment “republican overrun” and say “local communities should be able to determine how their own budgets are allocated.”

Former Missouri National Guard Adjutant General Steve Danner, who is a Democrat, says the amendment is simply meant to help save lives.

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“I’m a Democrat and I was an elected Democrat,” Danner said. “But I will just say it’s not about politics. Ultimately, it’s about saving lives and reducing bureaucracy.”

Former Missouri National Guard Adjutant General Steve Danner shared an op-ed regarding Amendment 5 on Tuesday with members of the media.

Danner says the bill is pretty straightforward.

“It just elevates the National Guard to department-level status to work directly with the governor and the candidate in his cabinet,” Danner said.

This will streamline the communication between the guard and the governor and make it more direct than it has been in the past.

Missouri and Massachusetts are the only two US states that do not have their own national guard departments.

You can find more information about the upcoming November 8 elections on KOMU 8’s voter guide.

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