If redistricting is done as per amendment 1, will this create more work for legislators to do their jobs?

Do Missouri voters know what we want from our legislators?  Do we have enough knowledge to know what we are voting for?  Are we smart enough to understand that gifts to legislators might cause them to vote against the best interests of their constituents?  Are we correct in the belief that a commission of bipartisan individuals with oversight of a nonpartisan state demographer might make better decisions about redistricting (than whichever political party is in power)?  

If redistricting is done as per amendment 1, will this create more work for legislators to do their jobs?  

Should we be able to learn what our legislators say and do while they are representing us in office?  Or, as citizens who pay their salaries, pay for their offices, and elect them to represent us not worthy of knowing what they do and what they communicate to others? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions you are in disagreement with our governor and many of the current members of the Missouri legislature.  Governor Mike Parson has spoken out about voter’s inability to understand what their vote in November on Amendment 1 was all about.  Mr. Parson seems to think that the amendment to the constitution that was passed by a majority of voters will be too difficult to undertake and that efforts at redistricting will not work.

Gov. Parson, who became governor because his predecessor left office under a dark cloud, was not elected to his office.  His statements encouraging efforts to have Amendment 1 overturned sound as if he is still in the legislature and his job is to change laws.  The governor is the chief executive.  He does not make laws—that is the job of the state legislature.  He does not determine legality of laws—that is the job of the judicial system.  

Concerned citizens chose to deal with issues concerning ethics and gerrymandering because the legislature has not chosen to.  The Missouri constitution has provisions for citizens to address issues they feel should be made into law.  The majority of citizens in Missouri voted to do just that through the rigorous, demanding, challenging job of getting a resolution on the ballot.  

Their hard work was rewarded by having the resolution win by a margin of 62 to 38%.  

Even though Amendment 1, The Clean Missouri bill, was written and reviewed by many people it underwent scrutiny by the Attorney General’s office when opponents filed action to have it removed from the ballot.  Legal action to stop the amendment from being on the ballot did not work.  It was on the ballot and Missouri voters approved the measure.  Now, this same legislative body wants to make it even more difficult for the voters in Missouri to have a voice about how our state government operates.

The voters of the state of Missouri know what they want to see happen.  They don’t want officeholders to be able to become lobbyists when they leave their elected positions.  They want a limit on gifts made to politicians.  They want to have redistricting done in a fair way so that each citizen’s vote will be a clear representation of the area in which they live/vote.  They want limits on campaign donations.  They want to know what legislators are doing while they are representing us.  Missourians do not want someone to take away their right to change the laws when our legislature chooses to ignore what voters have approved.