Key Republican votes brought down religious liberty measure

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Rep. Hansen, a religious Republican, comes out against SJR 39.

Senate Joint Resolution 39, a proposed religious liberty amendment to the Missouri Constitution, was defeated in committee on April 27.

The Republican-sponsored measure needed a simple majority to pass before continuing its journey to the House floor for full debate. The vote was 6-6.

Six Republicans voted in favor, with three Democrats and three Republicans voting in opposition.

Without the votes of the three opposing Republicans – Rep. Jim Hansen of Frankford, Rep. Caleb Rowden of Columbia and Rep. Anne Zerr of St. Charles – SJR 39 would have passed.

Read the Missourian’s coverage of the votes against Senate Joint Resolution 39 here.

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Author: Zachary Reger

A graduate of the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism, philosophy and film studies, Zach's primary interests lie in political reporting, media production and social philosophy.

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