03/25/19 -- HCS HB 438 -- Creates uniform qualfications for running for office

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 438
Bill Purpose: 
Creates uniform qualfications for running for office
Date of Vote: 
03/25/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 438, introduced by Representative Jason Chipman (Republican - District 120) modifies the qualifications to run for various offices such that these qualifications are uniform in nature.  It lowers the minimum age to run for various county offices/boards to 21 years of age, as well as lowers the filing fee from $50 to $25.

While this bill was unable to address the disparity in the office qualifications specified in the Missouri Constitution, it does go a long way to unify the requirements to run for other offices across Missouri.  This is a positive change that I support -- if someone is old enough to run for one office it stands to reason they would be old enough to run for a similar position.