Mel Hancock, author of Missouri tax amendment, dies

Monday, November 7, 2011 | 8:31 a.m. CST; updated 9:18 a.m. CST, Monday, November 7, 2011

SPRINGFIELD — Former Missouri Rep. Mel Hancock, who authored an amendment designed to limit the growth of state income, has died.

Hancock's wife, Alma, said her husband died in his sleep early Sunday at their home in Springfield. He was 82.

Hancock represented Missouri's 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to 1997.

In 1980, Hancock led a successful effort to persuade Missouri residents to approve an amendment that limits state revenues and expenses to a percentage of personal income of state residents. It also requires the state to fund expenditures of local political subdivisions, and mandates voter approval of new local tax, licenses or fees.

Missouri residents received tax refunds under the amendment for the 1995 to 1999 state fiscal years.

Hancock, a native of Cape Fair, graduated from Missouri State University and then served as an officer in the Air Force. In 1969, he co-founded Federal Protection Inc., a business specializing in bank security that is still operating in Springfield.

Hancock is survived by his wife, Alma, two sons and a daughter.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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