Hancock to be inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

Hancock's famous tax amendment has earned him a place in the Hall of Famous Missourians.

The Springfield man who led the drive to place limits on Missouri state revenues and local taxes will be inducted next week into the Capitol's Hall of Famous Missourians.

Mel Hancock was a businessman when he authored a Missouri constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1980. Now known as the "Hancock Amendment," it establishes a state revenue limit, bars state government from imposing unfunded mandates on local governments and requires voter approval of local tax increases.

Hancock went on to serve four terms in the U.S. House representing southwestern Missouri. He died in 2011.

An induction ceremony for Hancock on Wednesday in the House chamber of the Capitol.