JEFFERSON CITY, Mo— House Bill 2656 was introduced by 80th District Representative Mike Colona and read for the first time on the House floor yesterday, March 1, 2016.st. louis

Under this measure, an amendment would be made to chapter 7 of the Missouri code, allowing a city not within a county to separate from the state, creating a new state. The language of the bill reads, “The City of St. Louis shall be allowed to legally secede from the state of Missouri, upon voter approval.”

Representative Colona is pushing for the city of St. Louis to separate from the state of Missouri if voted in favor of.

Colona also introduced House Concurrent Resolution number 107. The resolution reads as stated below:

Relating to an application to Congress for approval of the secession of the City of St. Louis from the State of Missouri.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

WHEREAS, The State of Missouri is functional to the extent that its people agree on politics, society, and economics; and 

WHEREAS, the people who constitute the majority of the City of St. Louis and the people who constitute the remaining portion of the state hold different and firmly seated views on these important questions; and

WHEREAS, both groups should enjoythe chance to govern themselves with their firmly seated values; and

WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States provides that “New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-eighth General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby authorize a referendum to be held to confirm the desire of the voters of Missouri to separate the City of St. Louis and the rest of the Missouri into two separate states; and HCR 107 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that following the adoption of the referendum, the General Assembly urges Congress to pass a bill that consents to the division of the City of St. Louis and the rest of Missouri into two separate states and urges the President to sign such bill into law. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of  Representatives be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for the  President and Secretary of the Senate of the United States and to the Speaker, Clerk, and  Judiciary Committee Chairman of the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United  States, and copies to each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation.

The bill as well as the resolution were scheduled to make it back to the House floor for a second reading Wednesday, March 2, 2016.