Sen. Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, will serve on the conference committee that will attempt to iron out differences between the House and Senate on SB1014, the so-called Voter ID bill.
The bill was sponsored by Scott and was handled by Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, in the House, where it passed by a 94-65 margin Thursday. Area representatives Stevenson, Ed Emery, R-Lamar, Steve Hunter, R-Joplin, Ron Richard, R-Joplin, Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, and Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho, voted for the proposal, which Scott says will reduce voter fraud. Opponents, including southwest Missouri Democratic representatives, Charles Dake of Miller and Sara Lampe of Springfield, who opposed the bill, say it will disenfranchise poor and minority voters.
In the Jefferson City News-Tribune's article, Stevenson said, "It's a sacred right that every legitimate individual have the right to vote.What is also very sacred is that every legitimate vote have its proper weight. And if a legitimate vote is watered down by a fraudulent vote that is cast, it will lose its proper weight."
As with the legislature's increase in driver's license requirements, it appears our Republican majority, belonging to a party that has always stood for limited government interference in people's lives is instead doing its best to increase that interference as much as possible.