Candidates for the Missouri House of Representatives seat for District 124, representing parts of Camden and Miller counties, have varying positions on the ballot issues.

As voters prepare to go to the polls on Nov. 6 to cast a ballot, seven amendments and propositions are garnering considerable statewide attention. Among the issues on the ballot are proposals to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, increasing the state’s gas tax, a measure being promoted as a way to clean up politics and raising the state’s minimum wage. Candidates for the Missouri House of Representatives seat for District 124, representing parts of Camden and Miller counties, have varying positions on the ballot issues. Incumbent Republican candidate Rocky Miller will try to retain his seat  against Democrat challenger Steve Dakapolos. The Lake Sun asked each candidate to provide their positions on the issues that will be on the statewide ballot.

 

Rocky Miller (R)

Constitutional Amendment 1 (campaign finance, redistricting, etc) No.  This Amendment is poorly written and will cause redistricting of our legislative boundaries to be unfair to all.  A bipartisan group has come out against this wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Constitutional Amendment 2 (medical marijuana) Yes.  Because of family member that passed away recently with cancer and the doctor’s wish for this tool, I am for a controlled access to medical marijuana.  More than likely all of the Medical Marijuana propositions will pass and this one has the best controls on this treatment.  I am concerned that it will lead to further use, but believe the benefits outweigh the possible problems.

Constitutional Amendment 3 (medical marijuana) No. I will not be voting for this one, because it is not as good as Amendment 2.

Constitutional Amendment 4 (bingo) Yes, this is a good amendment (that is not normally the case).  This will allow entities that are allowed to have Bingo to utilize members after 6 months in running the game.  The previous 2 year wait was too restrictive.

Proposition B (increase minimum wage)  No.  This will have the reverse hope of sending more money to our families.  We will see a decrease in minimum wage jobs with a quicker replacement by automation.  Be prepared to order your hamburger and fries through your phone or kiosk.

Proposition C (medical cannabis) No.  This is not as good as Amendment 2.

Proposition D (gas tax)  A tough decision, but Yes.  People that come to our area cannot fly or take a railroad.  They must get here by our roadway system and our road system is poorly funded.  That being said this is a very poorly written law.  Currently, the Highway Patrol gets about 7 cents out of our current fuel tax to pay for enforcing the road laws.  This is required by the Constitution.  This new law would move the amount generated by this tax (with the exception of the money going to the Cities and Counties) to Highway Patrol.  At the end of four years that would be about 7.5 cents, so they would get a little bump.  This would theoretically leave the 7 cents they were taking for road building, but it is not guaranteed.  That bothers me a lot, but again, the good in this outweighs the bad.

 

Steve Dakapolos (D)

Constitutional Amendment 1 (campaign finance, redistricting, etc) Amendment 1 would eliminate the unlimited lobbyist gifts our representatives receive. Missouri is the ONLY state in our union which allows UNLIMITED lobbyist gifts. That’s crazy. The only way we can make government work for us again, is to take big money out of it. Our representatives should be answerable to us, and NOT out-of-state, special interest groups. That’s why I’m voting YES on Amendment 1 – I hope you’ll join me. 

Constitutional Amendment 2 (medical marijuana)  As the son and brother of military veterans, I am devastated when our nation’s heroes can’t receive the life-saving treatment they deserve. I stand with the Veterans of Foreign Wars in supporting Amendment 2. The revenue received from this Amendment will benefit Veteran Services. But not only will this life-saving treatment help our veterans, but thousands of families across the state will finally have access to medicine that will treat their loved ones life-long disability. Join me in voting YES on Amendment 2 as we give back to our nation’s heroes.   

Constitutional Amendment 3 (medical marijuana) This Amendment would create a “Drug Czar” position staffed by the author of the bill. It would also cost tax payers more and have little, if any, oversight of the revenue, as it would all go to the author, himself. I wasn’t born yesterday. Anything that has little-to-no oversight while still costing tax payers more, I’d say, “don’t we have enough of that already?” Let’s agree to vote “NO” on this deal. 

Constitutional Amendment 4 (bingo)  Who doesn’t love Bingo? I’m a solid YES vote on this Amendment. We need more Bingo in Missouri, not less.  

Proposition B (increase minimum wage) Have you ever worked hard all month, only to still scrimp on food, skip a bill, or delay on your rent? Hard-working Missourians should be able to afford the necessities. Nowhere in Missouri can a family of 4 afford a 3 bedroom apartment on the current minimum wage of $7.85/hr, it’s a starvation wage. Proposition B slowly increases the minimum wage to $12 an hour in 2023. When low-wage earners make more they spend it, that boosts our economy and everyone benefits.  I support voting YES on Prop B.

Proposition C (medical cannabis) I’m supporting Amendment 2 because if voters approve Prop C, lawmakers could reverse it because it’s a statutory change. 

Proposition D (gas tax)  I don’t support Proposition D. I don’t think the tax payer should be solely on the hook to improve the roads. Prop D creates a fund for “certain road projects to reduce bottle necks for freight.” Well, it seems to me that if the freight companies wanted fewer bottlenecks, they could foot the bill for infrastructure improvements that they would benefit from.