Over 900,000 Missourians were living in poverty in 2016 and nearly 290,000 are children. Two bills in the Senate, HB 1443 and SB 561 would punish these Missouri children who have no control over their circumstances. HB 1443 prohibits temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) benefit cards from being used at ATMs or to access cash, and further limits the items that may be purchased with TANF or SNAP benefits. SB 561 changes the requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by punishing people who fail to meet federal work requirements for SNAP by cutting off benefits and, if they are the head of household, cutting of the entire household as well.
HB 1383 requires the consenting parent or guardian of a minor seeking an abortion to notify any other custodial parent or guardian in writing before the physician secures the informed
written consent of the minor and consenting parent or guardian.
Indivisible MO opposes HB 1383 because:
Requires two-parent notification in writing prior to abortion for patients under the age of 18. Not all teenagers have relationships with both parents, no law should mandate they communicate with them, especially for those who face dangerous abuse or neglect at the hands of a parent.
Major medical groups oppose such a requirement. The American Medica...
Over 60,000 Missouri senior citizens lost a crucial state prescription drug benefit known as MO Rx when the legislature allowed the program to expire in July of 2017. However, in a nearly unanimous vote of 30-1 last week, the Senate passed SB 563 that would restore MO Rx assistance for low-income seniors with incomes between 85% and 185% of the federal poverty level.
Indivisible MO supports SB 563 because:
The MO Rx program provides low-income seniors with 50% of the cost of their prescriptions.Without this assistance they have been faced with double the cost for their medications and perhaps having to go without them in order to pay for other necessities like groceries or utilities.
SB567 raises taxes on low-income seniors and people with disabilities by reducing the Circuit Breaker tax credit, which is intended to help them stay in their homes longer by offsetting the cost of rising property taxes. By reducing these tax credits it would effectively increase taxes on a group of people who more than likely can no longer work to replace that money and are on a fixed income which leads to the possibility that they may not being able to stay in their homes.
This tax increase trades cuts to one vulnerable group for another in order to make up for tax cuts to wealthy...
The Missouri Non-discrimination Act or MONA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories of the Missouri Human Rights Act. Currently the law prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations based on race, sex, color, religion, ancestry, disability, age (in employment), familial status (in housing) and national origin--but does not protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people.
Click HEREto write an email to your legislator and ask that they issue a public statement condemning the action the Governor is alleged to have committed and supporting thorough investigations.
It’s been a rocky start for the 2018 MO Legislative session and we are only two weeks in. Governor Greitens ran a campaign based on family values, but this past week an investigation by KMOV TV in St. Louis revealed that Greitens had an extra-marital affair in 2015. The story additionally exposed disturbing allegations made by the woman involved in the affair on a recording, that her ex-husband made secretly and released without her permission, where she...
Weekly Update: Last week the Missouri legislature began the 2018 session. We had a surprise resignation of Senator Ryan Silvey, who was appointed and confirmed to the Public Service Commision. This means Missouri will be in for another special election to replace another Senator.
Your Missouri Monday this week is actually a two-part call to action. If you haven’t already reached out to your elected officials, we want you to do so. Click HERE to write your state elected officials because it is important to have those introductions to start to build the relationship with your Representative and Senator. After they talk to you a few times, it shows them that you are involved and a concerned constituent who pays attention!
Secondly, Wednesday, January 10th, Governor Greitens will deliver his State of the State address at 7 PM. You can live stream the address at https://www.mo.gov/. Our call to action this week is for you to listen in.
We would like to give you a few tips on how to listen and...