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AMENDEMENT 3 LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING

AMENDEMENT 3 LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING

OVERVIEW

Amendment 3 seeks to repeal the Clean Missouri redistricting reforms Missouri voters overwhelmingly ratified in 2018 that give the job of drawing new state legislative districts to a non-partisan state demographer and establish constitutional criteria that require districts to be drawn in a way that maximizes partisan fairness and competitiveness while minimizing the number of “safe” districts dominated by one political party.

Under Amendment 3, redistricting commissions consisting of members handpicked by the state Democratic and Republican parties would draw new districts. Creating districts that are competitive and fair would no longer be a top priority.

In addition, Amendment 3 would exclude children and other residents who aren’t eligible to vote from being counted for redistricting purposes, deviating from the practice of counting all residents that Missouri and every other state has followed since the nation’s founding. The change could result in some lawmakers representing substantially more actual residents than others, thus granting some communities disproportionate representation.

Republicans strongly opposed Clean Missouri and immediately after its ratification pledged to make repealing it a top priority. The Republican-controlled General Assembly placed Amendment 3 on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot with the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 38. The Senate approved it on Feb. 10 by a vote of 22-9 with a lone Republican joining unanimous Democrats in opposition. The House of Representatives voted 98-56 to grant SJR 38 final passage on May 13. Fourteen House Republicans opposed the measure while just one Democrat supported it.

Amendment 3 includes other provisions unrelated to redistricting that are included as enticements to win voter support. One would replace an existing $5 cap on the value of lobbyist gifts to lawmakers with a flat ban in most instances. The other would lower the limit on campaign contributions to Senate candidates from $2,500 per election to $2,400, while leaving contributions to House candidates unchanged at $2,000.

The coalition that championed ratification of the Clean Missouri amendment two years ago has mobilized to oppose Amendment 3, which opponents dub Dirty Missouri. As of Sept. 28, there had been no visible campaign in support of Amendment 3. While the Missouri Farm Bureau on Sept. 23 established a campaign committee to advocate for the measure’s passage, given the late stage of the election cycle, it’s unclear how aggressively Farm Bureau will engage and how much of an impact its efforts will have.

BALLOT LANGUAGE BATTLE

Although the Secretary of State’s Office usually prepares the ballot language for measures placed before voters, the General Assembly exercised its statutory prerogative to write its own ballot question as part of SJR 38. However, the Clean Missouri group immediately sued, alleging the legislature’s language was deceptive and intentionally designed to mislead voters.

The final ballot language prepared by the Western District panel, followed by the official fiscal estimate prepared by the State Auditor’s Office, which was neither challenged nor judicially altered, says:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

• Ban gifts from paid lobbyists to legislators and their employees;

• Reduce legislative campaign contribution limits;

• Change the redistricting process voters approved in 2018 by: (i) transferring responsibility for drawing state legislative districts from the Nonpartisan State Demographer to Governor-appointed bipartisan commissions; (ii) modifying and reordering the redistricting criteria.

State governmental entities expect no cost or savings. Individual local governmental entities expect significant decreased revenues of a total unknown amount.

Because Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican, declined to appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf of the state, the Western District’s rewrite is final and is what voters will see on the Nov. 3 ballot.

 

CLEAN MISSOURI REVIEWED

From 1966 until 2018, partisan commissions consisting of equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans got first crack at drawing new state legislative districts following each decennial U.S. Census. There were two separate commissions, one charged with drawing the 34 Senate districts with the other dedicated to creating the 163 House districts.

Although the governor appointed the commissions, he was required to pick members from lists of party loyalists submitted by the state Democratic and Republican parties, so his role in shaping the commissions’ membership was limited. If the partisan commissions failed to agree, which happened more often than not, the task passed to a special commission of six Missouri Court of Appeals judges chosen for the job by the state Supreme Court.

Clean Missouri, which voters ratified with 63 percent support in November 2018, created a new position of non-partisan state demographer and put that person in charge of legislative redistricting. The demographer is chosen by the top Democratic and Republican Senate leaders from among the applicants for the post. If the two leaders fail to agree, they can each eliminate one-third of the applicants from consideration, and the demographer is chosen by random lottery from among the remaining applicants.

While the partisan commissions still exist under Clean Missouri, their role is limited to reviewing the maps produced by the demographer. A commission can amend the demographer’s plan, but only if at least 70 percent of its members agree. If no changes are approved, then the redistricting maps are finalized as presented.

Under Clean Missouri, the top criteria for drawing districts is “partisan fairness,” which is meant to ensure that the number of legislative seats a given party holds is roughly equal to that party’s statewide popular vote total. The secondary goal is to enhance competitiveness to maximize the number of districts that are winnable by either party and minimize the number of districts where one party is dominant.

As has always been the case with previous redistricting systems, Clean Missouri requires districts to be roughly equal in population and consist of contiguous territory. While compact districts are preferred, compactness is subservient to other criteria.

If not replaced by Amendment 3, the Clean Missouri system is scheduled to be used for the first time next year when the process for creating new districts based on the results of the 2020 U.S. Census gets underway. The revised legislative districts will be used starting with the 2022 elections and ending with the 2030 elections.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT 3 CHANGES

Amendment 3 would eliminate the position of state demographer and restore the authority of the partisan House and Senate redistricting commissions. As with the pre-Clean Missouri system, if one or both of those commissions fail to agree on new district maps, then the redistricting task would be kicked to a six-member judicial commission chosen by the Supreme Court.

While the partisan fairness and competitiveness criteria would remain under Amendment 3, they would be the least important considerations when drawing new maps, with the focus instead on compactness and trying to keep districts entirely within municipal and county boundaries. Amendment 3 would allow for a deviation of up to 15 percent from the ideal when determining partisan fairness, which critics say could substantially exacerbate partisan gerrymandering.

Amendment 3 would delete an existing constitutional requirement that legislative districts be based of the total population of the state as determined by the last U.S. Census and replace it with amorphous language saying “districts shall be drawn on the basis of one person, one vote.” During legislative debate over SJR 38, the measure’s supporters said this change is intended to ensure that only eligible voters are counted when crafting new legislative districts, even though those excluded would still be entitled to representation. Such a limitation would prevent children, non-citizens and other Missouri residents who for whatever reason aren’t eligible to vote from being counted, thus arbitrarily skewing the populations of legislative districts.

In the event either the partisan or judicial redistricting commissions produced maps that violated constitutional requirements, Amendment 3 would erect new barriers to filing legal challenges by limiting who can bring such a challenge and severely restricting the ability of courts to declare redistricting plans unconstitutional. To have legal standing to challenge a redistricting plan, a voter would have to prove they would be individually harmed by it – a high legal bar – instead of merely showing a plan violated constitutional requirements.

During the last redistricting cycle in 2012, the state Supreme Court ruled a Senate map crafted by the appellate commission repeatedly violated a constitutional prohibition against splitting counties unless a county has enough population for more than one district. After tossing out the Senate map, the high court ordered the redistricting process to start over. Such a lawsuit might not be successful under Amendment 3’s restrictions on litigation.

ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT OF AMENDEMNT 3

Missouri voters didn’t understand what they were voting on in 2018 and deserve a chance to reconsider before the next redistricting cycle in 2021.

The 2018 redistricting system will result in sprawling districts that connect areas with little in common. Amendment 3 will prevent that from happening.

Legislative districts should be drawn to represent specific local communities and the people who live in them, not carve up communities to achieve idealistic goals.

Clean Missouri was designed to ensure that more Democrats are elected to the legislature, giving them through the redistricting process what they have been unable to achieve at the ballot box.

There are no safeguards to ensure the so-called “non-partisan” state demographer doesn’t draw new districts that favor one party over the other.

Redistricting is too important a task to entrust to the judgment of a single, unelected person.

For more than five decades, Missouri legislative districts were drawn either by bipartisan commissions or appellate judges, and the system worked well. Amendment 3 would restore that system.

Requiring districts to be drawn based on “one-person, one vote” will provide better representation by focusing them on the number of eligible voters instead of total population.

ARGUMENTS IN OPPOSITION TO AMENDMENT 3

Missouri voters decisively said just two years ago that they wanted to reform the state’s legislative redistricting process to eliminate partisan gerrymandering. Their decision should be respected.

For Republicans to attempt to repeal the new redistricting system before it has even had a chance to be implemented is unconscionable and shows they fear that fair and competitive legislative districts will threaten their hold on power.

Clean Missouri constitutionally requires a non-partisan state demographer to draw districts that are competitive and fair without regard to partisan interests. Amendment 3 will return to a system that is controlled by the two major political parties for the benefit of the parties.
Republicans are willing to resort to deception in an attempt to trick voters into ratifying Amendment 3 by writing ballot language that completely failed to mention its primary purpose of repealing the Clean Missouri redistricting reforms.

Two separate courts declared the Republican legislature’s ballot language to be false and misleading and ordered it to be rewritten.

Provisions highlighted in the ballot language that reduce the value lobbyist gift to lawmakers from $5 to $0 and slightly reduce the maximum campaign contribution to Senate candidates are included in Amendment 3 solely to distract voters from its changes to the redistricting process.

Amendment 3 will exclude children and others who aren’t eligible to vote from being counted for redistricting purposes, denying fair representation to all Missourians who reside in undercounted districts.

Instead of requiring legislative districts to be fair and competitive, Amendment 3 would allow for partisan germanders that are even worse than what Missouri had under its old redistricting system.

Music Night Patriotic Sing-along Tonight 6:30 pm Church Parking lot

State Rep. Jerome Barnes Town Hall Meeting part 2 Medical Marijuana

This meeting took place months ago, and I am sorry it took me so long to recover it. The information is still valid and hopefully of interest to the readers.

State Rep. Jerome Barnes Town Hall Meeting part 1

Real ID, Car Tags, and Taxes

Part 2 topic : Medical Marijuana

TACO Tuesday at Ricon Tarasco

Every Tuesday is Taco Night at Ricon Tarasco. That means tacos are only $1.25 each. Your choices are chicken, Steak (carne Asada), Shredded Pork slow cooked and marinated Cochinito Pibil), and Al Pastor (also marinated, but in different spices and not slow cooked).

Tacos Al Pastor has been my favorite for years, until I tried Cochinita Pibil, now it is a toss-up.  The pastor is a little spicier, but the Cochinita is more tender and has a hint of orange to it. Cochinita comes from the Yucatan region of Mexico and is marinated in sour orange juice and achiote.

I use to have to drive to SouthWest Blvd. or Independence Ave. to get Mexican food this authentic.  It is a little milder than I am use to but they can offer you a large variety of salsa if you feel the need to punch it up a notch or two.

The restaurant is located on the South West corner of Raytown Road and 350 Highway. Just South of the grocery store. They offer carry out and the phone number is 886-5444.

Below is scans of the menu.

David de la Fuente of Star Companies, Inc. in Raytown wins 1st place in National Insulation Installation Competition

Insulation professional, David de la Fuente of Star Companies, Inc. in Raytown, Mo. secured the title and $10,000 grand prize at the 15thannual America’s Best Installer competition on Oct. 14. De la Fuente competed against 26 insulation installers from across the country in the skill-based competition at the EXDO Event Center in Denver.

De la Fuente exceeded the performance of his competitors in the fast-paced competition which consisted of installing JM formaldehyde-free insulation batts into mock home structures. Expert judges evaluated each competitor based on real job site criteria, including workmanship and install quality, speed, material use, and reaction to different obstacles, such as pipes, vaulted ceilings and electrical outlets.

The competition also recognized second-place winner, Noe Castillo of Denver-based Rocky Mountain Insulation, with a $5,000 cash prize. A third-place $3,500 cash prize was awarded to Shawn Elliot of Charlotte, N.C.-based Standard Insulating Companies and a fourth-place $2,500 cash prize was awarded to Jose Varela-Garcia of Olathe, Kan.-based Henges Insulation

Additional cash prizes were awarded to the following competitors from the preliminary rounds of competition:

  • Diego Campana-Baquero of A+ Insulation, Edwardsville, Kan. ($1,000)
  • Leonel Lora of American Residential Products, Orlando, Fla. ($1,000)
  • Doel Vazquez of Wisconsin Insulation Services, Menomonee Falls, Wis. ($1,000)
  • Travis Vandenbogart of Comfort Pro Insulators, Little Suamico, Wis. ($1,000)
  • Jake Milner of G5 / Insul USA, Nixa, Mo. ($500)
  • Rafael Rodriguez-Loya of Nelligan Insulation, Lynchburg, Va. ($500)
  • Alex Franco of Homeowner’s Insulation, Colorado Springs, Colo. ($500)
  • Justin McCabe of Northwind Insulation, Orchard Park, N.C. ($500)

Periodic lane closure on Raytown Road for water main replacement

A water main replacement project will reduce Raytown Road to one lane of traffic in various locations between 87th Street and Bannister Road during construction working hours from now through August 2017. Expect traffic delays and plan accordingly.

This project is being done by Kansas City, not either one of the water companies that service Raytown.

Click HERE for more details on this project.

RaytownOnline.com tops 1,000 facebook likes

raytownonline_circleYesterday RaytownOnline.com hit the milestone of 1,000 facebook likes and then added one more to make it 1,001 likes.  It feels good to know that our work is appreciated.

There was some concern when our daily website hits seemed to be suffering a slight decline recently, until it was discovered that the total number of readers that directly subscribe via their email account has more than doubled to 450 individuals who have opted to have new articles directly emailed when they are posted.

You can keep up on what is happening in Raytown by:

Visiting the website RaytownOnline.com
Following us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/RaytownOnline
Following us on Twitter @RaytownOnline  (remember to use the O in Online)
Directly subscribe by visting the website and entering your email address

LOCAL STUDENT RECEIVES SCHOLASTIC HONOR

Ms. Maddie Lugenbeel, daughter of Frank and Michelle Lugenbeel of Kansas City, Missouri, has been placed on the President’s List for her scholastic performance at Cottey College during the fall 2014 semester. In order to be on the President’s List, the student’s grade point average must be between a 3.75 and 4.0 on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed.

Cottey College is an independent, liberal arts and sciences college for women located in
Nevada, Missouri. Its residential student capacity of 350 typically represents 40 states and 20 countries. Cottey is owned by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international women’s organization of over 238,000 members, making Cottey the only nonsectarian college in the United States owned and supported by women for women.

Raytown’s Michael Dennis Cash makes President’s Honor Roll at Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University announced the names of 354 students selected to the President’s Honor Roll for the fall semester 2014. Students who carried 12 hours or more for graded credit and earned a grade point average of 4.0 qualify for the honor.

Raytown, Missouri
Michael Dennis Cash

Same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in Jackson County

This press release was dated Nov. 7th, 2014 and received by RaytownOnline.com in mid-afternoon.


 

Based on the ruling from the U.S. District Court of Western Missouri, the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Beginning at 2 p.m. today, licenses will be issued at both the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City and the Truman Courthouse in Independence.

“Courts are ruling that marriage is a fundamental right of every citizen,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “Given that marriage is such an important right, sound public policy dictates that right be applied uniformly across the state.”

“Marriage affords couples important legal protections, ranging from family leave, the ability to care for or visit a sick spouse, the opportunity to secure inheritances, or file for joint insurance,” said County Executive Sanders. “I am pleased that our staff is working expeditiously to accommodate applicants.”

Given the historic nature of this decision, retired Judge Vernon E. Scoville will be available to perform marriage ceremonies starting at 2 p.m. today. These ceremonies will be conducted in the Legislative Chambers of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City.

Cold Weather Rules go into effect Nov. 1st.

PSC COLD WEATHER RULE TAKES EFFECT NOVEMBER 1
JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, begins on November 1, 2014. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2015. The Cold Weather Rule has been a part of the Commission’s rules and regulations since 1977.

The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities under PSC jurisdiction that provide heat-related service. Municipally operated systems, cooperatives and those that provide propane delivered by truck are not under PSC jurisdiction.

“The Cold Weather Rule contains a number of protections designed to help consumers keep the heat on during the winter,” said PSC Chairman Robert Kenney. “Consumers who have questions regarding the rule or who need additional information on the Cold Weather Rule are encouraged to contact our Consumer Services Unit at 800-392-4211.”

The Cold Weather Rule:
Prohibits the disconnection of heat-related service when the temperature is predicted to drop below 32 degrees during the following 24 hour period.

Provides more lenient payment terms permitting reconnection of service for natural gas and/or electric customers.

Prohibits the disconnection of registered elderly and disabled customers who meet certain income guidelines who make a minimum payment.

Allows a customer to register with the utility if:

o 65 years of age or older;

o Disabled to the extent that the customer has filed with the utility a form submitted by a medical physician attesting that your household must have natural gas or electric utility service provided in the home to maintain life or health; or

o The customer has obtained a formal award letter issued from the federal government of disability benefits.

Allows customers to budget payments over 12 months.

May allow customers to extend payment of pre-existing arrears beyond 12 months.

Contact: Kevin Kelly Phone: (573) 751-9300 Governor Office Building, Suite 600

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Does not require a deposit if payment agreement is kept.

Requires that customers be notified by mail 10 days before the date the utility intends to shut off service; that an attempt be made to contact the customer within 96 hours before the shut off; that an attempt be made to contact the customer right before the shut off; that notice is left at the home when service has been shut off.

Requires the customer be notified of possible financial help in paying the utility bill.

Allows for the reconnection of service for less than the full amount owed.

If a customer is faced with a heat-related utility bill that they cannot pay in full, it is important that the customer:
1) Contact the utility company.
2) State an inability to pay the bill in full.
3) Provide income information either by month or annual income.
4) Make a minimum payment.
5) Enter into a payment agreement.
It is important to note that in order to receive some of the benefits of the Cold Weather Rule; a customer must sign-up (register) with their heat-related company.
For more information on the PSC’s Cold Weather Rule, please see the Commission’s website at www.psc.mo.gov or call the Commission’s Consumer Services hotline at 1-800-392-4211. Consumers can also receive Cold Weather Rule information from their local natural gas or electric company.

 

Missouri State Highway Patrol Recruitment

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will soon be hiring candidates for the Patrol’s 101st Recruit Class. The 101st Recruit Class of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is set to begin training on July 1, 2015. The minimum requirements for eligibility are: possess 30 college credit hours, or two years federal (Title 10) active duty military service with an honorable discharge, or two years of POST certified full-time law enforcement service at the time training begins.

The starting salary for trooper is $3,137 per month. Interested persons should apply before the application deadline, October 6, 2014, by visiting www.motrooper.com.

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, or if you need additional information about a career as a trooper, please feel free to contact Lieutenant Roger D. Whittler in the Human Resources Division, at (573) 751-9901.

The Pipe that caused it all

This is the pipe that broke and caused a major part of Raytown to be without water for about 4 hours.

the pipe

RaytownOnline/com is back

Due to events and tasks beyond personal control  RaytownOnline.com has been on a reduced diet of my time the last couple weeks. Publication of new posts will increase as of today.

Michael N. Downing
Editor of RaytownOnline.com

RaytownOnline Main Computer is back

Publishing of new articles has been severely impaired due to a hard disk problem on the main computer.  The failing drive has been replaced with a slightly larger 2 enterprise level 2 Tera-Byte drive and only about 500k of the main partition was lost. 

There is a backlog of articles to publish, so look for a slightly increase amount of reading until everything is caught up.

 

Laurel Heights Meets Google Fiber Goal

Laurel Height met the needed requirements to get Google Fiber yesterday. Laurel Hills still needs 30 more households to sign up and Greymont is still over 50 needed. This is good news to RaytownOnliine.com, as it means 100 times the speed to upload videos.  Since going to High Definition video, it can often times take over 6 hours to upload video of a local event.  Soon it will take only minutes.  Hopefully it will also entice our readers to upload news video about Raytown and Email the link to editor@RaytownOnline.com for a chance to be featured on the site. 

Slight delay in new articles

There may be a slight delay in new articles due to a hardware problem.  A hard drive on the main computer for preparing articles for RaytownOnline.com is no longer consistently working. 

3 Neighborhoods still short of goal for Google Fiber

In order for Google Fiber to come into a neighborhood, 50 people have to sign up for it. The sign up cost is $10. April 15th is supposedly the last day. Google Fiber can either be the cheapest plan possible, or the fastest. How cheap? FREE service equal to what you are getting now. There is a small catch. You have to pay for the equipment, but at a monthly rate about the same as other services cost now and after it is paid for, the service is free for 7 years,. $25 a month for 1 year and 6 years free. 

Laurel Heights only needs 4 more households to reach the goal of 50.  If you don’t know where that is, it is West of Raytown Road, South of 63rd St and North of 350 Highway.  You can click HERE to see the Google Map to see the exact borders and check on the progress. 

Laurel Hills needs 32 more households and is North of 59th and South of 53rd on the West side of Raytown. 

Graymont needs more than 50 households and is from 83rd to 87th St on the West Side of Raytown. 

Raytown Farmers Market Coming Soon

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Raytown, MO  Raytown Farmers Market is currently looking for volunteers. We have a job for any age group. Possible duties will include set up tear down, flier distribution, assistance in childrens and adult education areas and much more. Is your group or organization looking for a community service project? Please contact Elisa our Market Manager at RaytownFarmersMarket@gmail.com to get yourself or your group’s time setup

Attention local musicians, do you want to expand your exposure? Raytown Farmers Market is looking for all types of musical entertainment, blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, rap, polka, and many more. Family friendly musicians who would like to play during one of our market days should visit our website raytownfarmersmarket.com for our entertainer application. Please send this along with a CD that has a sample of the music you will be performing to:

Raytown Farmers Market
6222 Raytown Trafficway.
#254
Raytown, MO 64133

Zaria Akins selected to participate in 2015 Miss Missouri USA Teen Pageant

Zaria Akins from Raytown, daughter of Elisha and Mikki Akins has been selected to participate in the 2015 Miss Missouri USA Teen Pageant. The pageant will take place November 7-9 in St. Charles, MO.

She will be competing as Miss Above and Beyond and will compete in swimsuit, evening gown, and personal interview competitions. The pageant has two age divisions, and the winners will go on to represent our state in the 2015 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageant. Miss USA goes on to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant. The Miss USA Pageant system stresses good morals, physical fitness, communications skills, social awareness and community involvement.

Interesting facts about Zaria is that she is most proud of keeping up with her grades while being a busy freshman at Raytown South High School as a member of the Varsity Cheer Squad, playing the Libero position on the volleyball club team (Kansas City Lady Jaguars) and placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in various forensic tournaments  throughout the metro area. She is being sponsored by Above and Beyond Cleaning, Tree of Life Church of KC and many loving family and friends.

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Page not found problem on Candidate Submitted Information fixed

I created the pages from candidate submissions and set them to private, so that other than the one paid submission, they would all appear on the same date. I forgot to set them to public, so that the links to them would work. I did test them, and they did work for me, but that is because the links would work for a reader that was logged in as system administrator. 

My Apologies

Michael N. Downing

 

Google Fiber Informational meetings

Google Fiber informational meetings  will be held at the Raytown Library on Thursday April 3rd 2014 @ 1:00 p.m.  and  Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m.

Warning about computer fraud phone calls

I have received a call yesterday and a call today from a person with an Indian or Pakistani accent claiming my computer had a problem and they were a technician who would help me fix it.  What they really want to do is get control of your computer to install damaging software and then demand that you pay them to remove the damage they have done. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS !!!  The phone number for both calls was 985-564-0064.  This phone number may change in the future.  Do not let anyone calling you like this give you instructions to make changes to your computer.  If you have any doubts about this, request a company name and a phone number you can call them back on. 

HEALTHY VENDING IN THE WORKPLACE

The Mid-America Regional Council has partnered with the three local public health departments serving Jackson County, Kansas City Health Department, the Independence Health Department and the Jackson County Health Department, to address policy and environmental change around chronic disease prevention. A Leadership Team provides community input and oversight for the program.

With funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Building a Healthier Jackson County, a five-year grant program, addresses tobacco-free living, active living, healthy eating, increased use of high-impact quality preventative services and a safe and supportive built environment.

The Mid-America Coalition on Health Care issued the Healthy Vending Resource Guide in September 2012. The goal is to help employers and other organizations with vending machines in their buildings understand the value of increasing the availability and affordability of healthful foods. The guide offers helpful information on how to implement healthy vending to increase the number of businesses and organizations implementing healthier vending options. 

Employers in eastern Jackson County have an opportunity to partner with the Jackson County Health Department on this project.  One goal is to increase the availability and affordability of healthful foods and beverages in workplaces and community organizations. Another goal is to create an environment that supports healthy lifestyles, prevents obesity and improves the health of employees and the general public.

Please contact the Jackson County Health Department at (816) 404-8429 if you would like a copy of the Healthy Vending in the Workplace Guide, and/or if you want to partner with us on this initiative.

You can download the guide in PDF format by clicking HERE