ST. LOUIS – After a week of rumors of opposition and support, the St. Louis County NAACP will remain neutral on Amendment 1 and will not be taking a vote to take a position on the ethics reform proposal.
“The St. Louis County branch of the NAACP has not taken a vote on a stance on Amendment 1,” John Gaskin of the St. Louis County NAACP said. “We have received information from both sides – in support and opposition – and at this time, we have no made a decision nor are we going to. We are going to remain neutral, considering we are 14 days from the vote. At this time, considering the amount of information that is out there and that the organization will not be meeting between now and the election, we will not be taking a vote on whether to take a position on Amendment 1.”
In the last weeks, Congressman Lacy Clay has come out in opposition to the amendment, while former St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley has expressed his support.
“As a civil rights group, we are all in favor of ethics reform,” Gaskin said. “We are all in favor of checks and balances to make sure our government is running smoothly and allowing all groups to be heard. There are concerns on both sides of the impact of this measure considering there is no framework to use as an example of how this will turn out after implementation.
“There are some really great pieces of ethics reform legislation and some good parts to this policy,” Gaskin said. “Some reforms from the former state representative, current St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones and former state representative and secretary of state Jason Kander are a part of this.”
Amendment 1 is supported by the Clean Missouri campaign and opposed by the Missourians First campaign.
There is a forum on the constitutional amendment Monday evening at Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis.
Amendment 1 will appear on the November ballot.
Rachael Herndon was the editor at The Missouri Times and also produced This Week in Missouri Politics, published Missouri Times Magazine, and co-hosted the #MoLeg podcast. She joined The Missouri Times in 2014, returning to political reporting after working as a campaign and legislative staffer.
Rachael studied at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She lives in Jefferson City with her husband, Brandon, and their two children.