I support the Your Vote Counts campaign. This is a group of concerned citizens who are tired of watching our elected officials decide that they know better than the people who elect them.
I am tired of our politicians throwing out the will of the voters to meet the demands of special interest groups.
The initiative process in this state exists to provide Missourians an opportunity to get a law passed that the legislature does not see as a priority or is unwilling or unable to pass due to party politics.
The divisive nature of our political system leaves very little room for compromise or give-and-take even when these laws are in the best interest of Missourians. The voters of this state need the initiative process to pass important laws dealing with topics like taxes, clean energy, minimum wage and, yes, even puppy mill reform.
The threshold for overturning a law that was passed by hundreds of thousands of Missourians should be set high. This measure allows the legislature to band together and garner bipartisan support to amend or abolish a law that truly needs to be adjusted.
It also allows the legislature to make their case and put it back to the people for another vote if they strongly believe that a mistake has been made. What it won't allow is for the career politicians and lobbyists to come together and decide that they can usurp the power that has been given to the people of this state.
If the lawmakers of this state can toss out any law that is passed by the initiative process then what is the point? Many Missourians feel that there is no reason to get involved or to try to make a difference if anything they accomplish can be thrown out by a simple majority.
It is time for Missouri voters to stand up to these lawmakers and let them know that we no longer will allow this practice of overriding the voices and votes of the people of Missouri.
Martin Wilmes lives in Wentzville, Mo.